not faeces

I really like this article, which is in the latest issue of Prospect; at least, I like most of it. There is an explanatory paragraph about Richard Dawkins, and The Selfish Gene, high up, which went in because the editor of the magazine, which claims to cover contemporary thought, has never actually read the book. Also, my version had Bill Hamilton dying because he wanted to sample chimpanzee shit, not “faeces”. Obviously, there are times when words like “faeces” must be used. But they wil lose all their force if sprayed indiscriminately around.

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