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Thoughts on religion


Adam and Eve: myth-busting
Francis Crick Scientist
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Yes, well that was an example of how you can be… be too logical about things, because, as you know, the idea was that Eve was made from one of Adam’s ribs. So, I naturally concluded that… that this myth had arisen because men had one less rib or one less pair of ribs than women. It seemed to me, if… if that was an observation, it would be a… a way a myth could arise, and I mentioned this when I was in my early 20s probably to some medical friend, and, of course, he nearly fell off his chair laughing because men and women have the same number of ribs, you see. And I realised you shouldn’t try and explain myths in too simplistic a way. They have a life of their own. They don’t necessarily… they don't necessarily… the logic of the past, shall we say.

The late Francis Crick, one of Britain's most famous scientists, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is best known for his discovery, jointly with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, of the double helix structure of DNA, though he also made important contributions in understanding the genetic code and was exploring the basis of consciousness in the years leading up to his death in 2004.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: The Bible

Duration: 39 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 08 January 2010