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September 10, 2007

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Bruce Trachtenberg

I wonder if Judson's theory about the evolution of altruism and your comment that "we're born to save the planet even as we destroy it" helps you come to terms with that feeling of despair you wrote about in a comment to a comment from a reader about your post: "What's your Null Hypothesis." You said, "I look at the world and I have a certain expectation of it: that human events (currently) are moving us toward the edge of a large, dark pit; that we are essentially sliding down the razor blade of life..."

Hey...it's our collective "nature."

Albert Ruesga

I don’t worry about genetic predispositions. Through proper socialization and moral training—and by the grace of God—I believe we can overcome our baser instincts. I’m not a biological determinist. I worry much more about various social forces, among them consumerism, racism, economic injustice, anti-intellectualism (in this country, primarily), radical fundamentalism, and materialism. I worry that what we call civilization is a very thin veneer and can easily crack … etc. etc. There’s a lot to keep us up at night.

Phil

Try spa level sedation.

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