The Selfish Gene
Assume that there are "things" that are passed on from parents to child, the minimal "thing" must be the unit of inheritance.
Every organism is the product of its parents, which in turn are the products of their parents, and so on. Therefore every single member of the entire lineage of every organism reproduced. This creates a massive bias in the "unit of inheritance" towards motivating the individual carrying the "unit of inheritance" into reaching the age of reproduction and successful reproduction, which is equivalent to saying that the "unit of inheritance" is hugely biased towards survival and propagating itself.
The selfish gene is a great metaphor, it couldn't possibly be any other way.
We can not transcend our genes: everything we do is either reproduction or instrumental to it. The great Dawkins, Dennett and Pinker apparently disagree—or are they in fact being politically correct?
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:43 PM
Academics are fascists aspiring to be part of a social group both at the top of and separate from our society. Academics are mostly either politically correct fascists or sympathetic to PC fascism; and the minority of academics who are neither are nearly all cowards because they see the depth and pervasiveness of what they are up against and know they are on a cushy number they are in no mood to let go of. Most social science consists of not-even-veiled attempts at pushing political ideology, and no dissent is tolerated. Become an academic and witness the demise of science and the end of free speech.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:14 PM
'With bikini season just round the corner, many spas in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Minneapolis have found a new way to earn money and offer relaxation by promoting "butt facials."'
Weird News: Spas In U.S. Introduce Detoxifying "Butt Facials" - 2007-05-17
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:46 PM
Skin Flutes, Carcinoma and Chasing the Unicorn
"Cancer is no laughing matter. Neither is a good blow job -- though an enthusiastic rendering of one's favorite tune on a skin flute should certainly leave giver and receiver with big, giddy grins. Same goes for cunnilingus. So why are recent headlines telling us we could all get cancer from giving head?"
Skin Flutes, Carcinoma and Chasing the Unicorn / Oral Sex Will Give You Cancer, and Other Mythological Sex Beasts
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:44 PM
Tinky Winky says bye-bye to Jerry Falwell
The former TV star recalls the trauma of being called gay by the conservative preacher.
Tinky Winky says bye-bye to Jerry Falwell | Salon.com
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:35 PM
Japanese boy 'severs mother's head'
A teenage Japanese boy has been arrested after walking into a police station carrying a severed human head and claiming to have killed his mother.
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Japan boy 'severs mother's head'
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:16 PM
No Pants Day
No Pants Day is May 4th
Of course, they don't mean going commando, they mean no trousers!
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:51 PM