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[evol-psych] Why Your Mother Loves You

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  • Ian Pitchford
    SLATE.COM Why Your Mother Loves You By Robert Wright Robert Wright is the author of The Moral Animal and the new book Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 15, 2000
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      SLATE.COM
      Why Your Mother Loves You

      By Robert Wright
      Robert Wright is the author of The Moral Animal and the new book Nonzero: The
      Logic of Human Destiny. Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at 4:00 p.m. PT

      If you hope to get your obituary on the front page of the New York Times, I
      recommend spending a lifetime eloquently saying things of debatable
      importance. Witness Margaret Mead and Isaiah Berlin. Whatever you do, don't
      make a clear, major contribution to Western thought that has great
      philosophical ramifications. Witness William Hamilton, whose death was noted
      back on Page A18 of Friday's Times.

      You can't really blame the Times. Its news judgment here basically
      reflects the intellectual biases of its readers, which I guess is a
      reasonable thing for news judgment to do. And, as for the obituary itself:
      Though it did contain a couple of minor errors, it fairly well captured the
      view of Hamilton held by his colleagues—deep respect for a profoundly
      creative thinker. But his colleagues, being scientists, stuck to the facts
      and didn't rhapsodize about the philosophical import of his work. Hamilton is
      one of the few biologists—few scientists, in fact—for whom such rhapsodies
      would be in order.

      Full text:
      http://slate.msn.com/Earthling/00-03-14/Earthling.asp
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