Thursday, March 23, 2006

I can't help but ...

... take note of this quote from Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene:

"We are survival machines, robot machines, blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. "

I can't but note it because I'm a blindly programmed robot machine hopelessly alert to paradoxical (contradictory?) phrases like "blindly programmed" and evident redundancies like "robot machine." All to no purpose, of course, except to survive - though I can't say I quite understand how this contributes to my survival, though obviously it must.

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