Friday, December 16, 2011

More Hitch

Here's Hitch, in Letters to a Young Contrarian:

we are mammals, and the prefrontal lobe (at least while we wait for genetic engineering) is too small while the adrenaline gland is too big [to be able to change human nature for the better]. Nonetheless, civilisation can increase, and at times actually has increased, the temptation to behave in a civilised way. It is only those who hope to transform humans who end up burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment.

Nothing else to add to that.

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