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The Social Darwinists and the Bonobo Fans both seem to be intent on creating narratives that say we 'should' be like their subjects because it's 'natural.'

We have an ongoing cultural problem with the conflation of 'natural' with 'desirable'.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 09:15:38 AM EST
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So there's one narrative that says "whatever is natural is desirable". What are the alternative narratives?

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 09:21:02 AM EST
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"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 09:40:55 AM EST
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Mr Natch has spoken!

And a 10 for Melanchthon!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 12:14:25 PM EST
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So who is Mr Natural here? (And where did you find this?? This is great!!)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 02:06:50 PM EST
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where did you find this??

Melanchthon's Dual-BrainTM Technology


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 03:34:23 PM EST
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So who is Mr Natural here?

I suggest a poll...


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 03:36:15 PM EST
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The narrative isn't about being desirable, but about being inevitable.

You can't argue with human nature, after all. Although oddly no one seems to agree what human nature is.

It's just another variation on the traditional 'God says you should...' gambit, with more a pseudo-scientific gloss.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 12:28:33 PM EST
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