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TOTD 14 Jun 2001

What a book the devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful,
blundering, low, and horribly cruel works of nature.

-Charles Darwin

Those things you quote him [Darwin] as saying about nature, my god, if those don't apply to human beings as well: wasteful, brutal, horrid... I think calling behavior brutal is very unjust to the brutes. Human beings like to unload onto the other animals blame for their capacity to act, as we like to say, "inhumanly."

-Stephen Toulmin, author of Cosmopolis : The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

Thanks to Lara for transcribing these two gems from a video we were watching last night.

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