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The first thing you need to know about natural selection is that it's everywhere. Reality's most powerful tool of precision is like a great Grim Reaper wrapped around the face of the internet, relentlessly jamming its truth into anything that smells like bigotry. In fact, the history of the recent elevator-gate scandal, which doubles as a history of the skepticism movement, reads like a what's what of ideas.

h/t, of course, to the Mighty Taibbi.

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Submitted by lambert on

Did I not get the memo?

That's a pretty cool YouTube...

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by lizpolaris on

several months ago. It's certainly revolting, the response generated. However, I'm not sure how that relates to the paragraph in your post. You give a hat tip to Matt Taibbi but there's no link to any relevant article. Since this is on the Corrente front page, I've decided to ask - what are you referring to? I've looked up recent articles by MT and can't see the connection.

Care to elaborate, since something bothered you enough to put it here?

Submitted by lambert on

Thanks. Yes, that's appalling. Homus dickus going terminal.

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That said, this post is a bit oblique for me. I'm not getting the point. What is it?

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by athena1 on

Not really oblique.

It's just taken from this famous Taibbi passage:

"The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere. The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/new...

I'm endlessly fascinated by how some on the left don't really understand natural selection. I want to explain it.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i followed elevatorgate closely, and that matt taibbi paragraph has been quoted here at corrente a gazillion times, and i studied a lot of ecology in grad school, and i recognized all the references in your post, but my thoughts on reading your post were huh? and huh?