(urth) urth Digest, Vol 26, Issue 23
tom59g at gmail.com
Mon Oct 23 17:01:40 PDT 2006
On 10/20/06, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes <danldo at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/20/06, Joe Smulkstis <jismulkstis at nyc.rr.com> wrote:
> > Adam Thornton is exactly right when he points out "Chivalry *is*
> > This ethic may have made sense when we needed to increase the
> > number of villagers or be eaten by wolves, but with 6.5 billion people
> > in the world and a human-induced mass extinction being the current
> > situation, maximizing our numbers is no longer a desirable outcome.
> Nonetheless, to the extent that "women and children first" is an
> evolved behavioral tendency ... and I have some anecdotal evidence
> (from, among other things, the '89 Loma Prieta 'quake) that suggests
> to me that it really is ... the fact that we're overpopulated isn't going
> to change that. Each successful gene in the genome has been
> selected over billions of years to maximize its own replication.
> Fortunately, as brilliant biologist and idiot philosopher Richard
> Dawkins has pointed out, we are emphatically not the slaves of
> our genes. We prove that every time we use any form of birth
> control (including voluntary abstinence).
> > "The more I know people, the more I like animals".
> It was "The more I know of men, the more I like my cat."
> Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, writer, trainer, bon vivant
> Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open
> sewer and die.
> - Mel Brooks
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