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On Having Only The Daily Wail To Read At Breakfast

If we keep insisting upon the assumption, almost universal in these latter Rousseauist days, that whatever is “natural” is also good and right, we shall continue to have a problem understanding right-wing politics. It seems reasonable to regard class society and authoritarian leadership as resulting from our biological programming. We are social mammals, deeply hierarchical […]

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Mother Nature Is A Bitch

Philosophers ancient and modern have suggested that happiness comes from living in accordance with “nature2. It may very well be that happiness is a neurological reward for successful pursuit of the natural or animal agenda, though then we would need to explain the contentment of the celibate husband of Lady Poverty. But what does all […]

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 11:31 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Baby Predators

Of all the wrong-headed ideas ever generated in the West, the most wrong-headed of all is the “innocence of childhood”. There is only one sense in which children really are innocent, but of course this was what the phrase actually meant: factual ignorance of the mechanics of reproduction. In all other respects children are baby […]

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 12:29 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Boom And Bust

Some languages use the same word for what animal predators do to a population as for what governments do to their citizenry: that is, predators “tax” their prey. The implication is that the predator deliberately adjusts his consumption to what the prey population will bear, like a good statesman who shears his sheep rather than […]

Posted on April 9, 2010 at 11:10 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Muscling In

While humanity as a whole preys on the biosphere as a whole, predation is also intra-species. The bottom line of any society is what the economists call “rent-seeking” and gangsters call “getting a slice of the action”. Or “muscling in”, which is a deadly accurate expression: we have somebody who is generating income, and somebody […]

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:03 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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A Forgotten Thinker

My schoolboy Greek and Latin curriculum was very narrow. Great was the number of Ancient authors of whom I (and perhaps my teachers) knew nothing, but who were familiar to the erudite clerics of the twelfth century, long before the alleged rediscovery of the classical world in the so-called Renaissance. It was the same at […]

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Kingsmeat

I have just read a BBC world article about how humans are super-predators, taking far more prey than other animals. Not for the first time, I was struck by the terminology, when biologists write “100 zebras can support a lion”. Does no one other than me notice that this is the precise terminology of that […]

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 13:58 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Intra Urinam Et Fæces Nascimur

One way to read The Bacchae may be in terms of unease at our carnivorous nature; the poet is showing us how what we do to animals we can easily do to our fellow humans if we becomes sufficiently hungry or excited. We are all created to live by killing, even the Jains. Vegetarians may […]

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:15 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 4 Comments
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On Pink (And Brown) Goo

All readers of science fiction and science journalism are familiar with the “Grey Goo” scenario, when replicating nanorobots escape control and transform the entire Earth into copies of themselves. But this is not something that threatens us in the future, it has already happened. There already exist out-of-control replicators programmed to turn all the material […]

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 19:39 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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