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Mary Midgley and the selfish gene... apparently it's Margaret Thatcher's fault

Philosophical ignorance on a grand scale in - where else? - the Guardian today.

She believes the Selfish Gene (whether the book, or the idea, is unclear) represents the "spirit of the Thatcherite era", a time when everybody was encouraged to be selfish so, er, um, what do you expect?

I may have slightly oversimplified her thesis, but not much. It's pretty clear she's never read the book.

Subtext: more Dawkins-baiting by the execrable religious affairs editor at the Graun, Andrew Brown.

TAGGED: PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, RICHARD DAWKINS


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