The Operon: On Its Third Anniversary

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Science  10 Dec 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3702, pp. 1408
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3702.1408-c


The 22 October issue presents the wildly improbable coincidence of containing both a letter about parapsychology and "spontaneous cases" (p. 436) and a "spontaneous case." For on page 463, as part of my comments on the 1965 Nobel Laureates in Medicine or Physiology, there appears the phrase "The operator ‘loses’. . .," though what I had actually written was "The operator ‘closes’...." Now since I happen to have some doubts about the validity of the operator concept, doubts that I certainly would not consciously have wished to introduce on this happy occasion [though I did voice them earlier in Science 144, 816 (1964)], this strange error can be explained only as a Freudian slip by a member of the editorial staff of Science acting under the telekinetic influence of an author's psyche.