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Ooops, Hee-e-ere's Lysenko!

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Posted by Mike Pearson on December 11, 2001 19:04:47 UTC
He was capable of the crudest anti-intellectualism, remarking on one occasion: "It is better to know less, but to know just what is necessary for practice." He also was inclined to enunciations of the wildest voluntarism: "In order to obtain a certain result, You must want to obtain precisely that result; if you want to obtain a certain result, you will obtain it .... I need only such people as will obtain the results I need".

Lysenko . . .became more and more virulent in attacking geneticists and contrasting their "useless scholasticism" with his own great "practical successes." He began to speak of class struggle in science and declared in his speech at the 2nd all-union congress of shock collective farmers in 1935 that "a class enemy is always an enemy whether he is a scientist or not." Stalin, who was present, exclaimed at the end of his speech "Bravo, Comrade Lysenko, bravo."

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