PostGenetics

The PostModern Era of Genetics ("Beyond Genes")

Modern and PostModern Guggenheim museums
Symbolism for PostGenetics by Dr. Yuille

Why the name of "PostGenetics" - and what does it have to do with architecture all over the World?

The PostGenetics Society is International - it spans Continents, including the USA where you find in New York City the modern Guggenheim Museum, or Australia, where you find in Sydney the postmodern Opera.

There have always been epochs in human accomplishments - Architecture, Science included. "PostGenetics" and "Genetics" do not negate one-another, just as "Modern Architechture" and "PostModern Architecture" co-exist:

On the right is the modern Guggenheim Museum (New York City, USA). Modernism uniquely focuses on functionality - the enclosed space of the spiral is exclusive. Just like "genes" are eminently functional, after its first Century, Genetics may turn "inwards" - may even be disconnected from the "junk" outside. In turn, the postmodern Sydney Opera (Australia) turns "outward" - and although the shell-like roofs above the Opera Theatre and Concert Hall have nothing to do with the (confined) function of the stage, by "reaching out" a single building became Global, at least symbolically expressing both Sidney and Australia to the World. Yet, the two co-existing marvels are even "bridged" by the solid structure ("biochemistry"? - somewhat reminding of the double-helical DNA with its connecting bases...)

Genetics in this sense both co-exists, but in its meaning differs from PostGenetics as the latter is intended as an "outreach" to the entire genome, way beyond the 1.3% of "genes" (in humans). Most likely, 98.7% of the Global population never in their life set foot in the Sydney Opera - yet would be devastated if it would collapse from a "structural flaw". Just as 98.7% of the human DNA never directly generates amino-acids, yet a "structural flaw" in them can devastate the entire organism in "JunkDNA diseases", in PostGenetic Medicine called "PostGene Diseases".

Dr. Martin Yuille, over a lunch at the European Inaugural of the International PostGenetics Society (Budapest, 12th of October, 2006), after brief hesitation (how about "Post-Dogma Genetics"?) not only accepted the symbolism, but himself suggested the brilliant idea of contrasting use of TWO GUGGENHEIM MUSEUMS; the Modern one in New York City (USA, left) and the PostModern one in Bilbao (Spain, right).

Science in PostModern Times

PostModern Software (referring to the Sydney Opera house... )

The Postmodern Turn by Steven Best 1997

"In science, the postmodern turn emerged as a break from the mechanistic, reductionist, naïve realist, and deterministic worldview of Newtonian physics. Advocates of postmodern science claim that the modern scientific paradigm is giving way in the 20th century to a new mode of scientific thinking based on concepts such as entropy, evolution, organism, indeterminacy, probability, relativity, complementarity, interpretation, chaos, complexity, and self-organization" (Best & Kellner, 1997: 195)"

The Postmodern Adventure: Science, Technology, and Cultural Studies at the Third Millennium”, Paperback by Best & Kellner

Postmodern Theory by Steven Best and Douglas Kellner 1991