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Complete this quote: “Our cherished belief…has not prevented us from…”

Posted by Paul Mason on November 29, 2009

How would you complete this quote?

“Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…”

This week’s quote comes from the last paragraphs of Terrence W. Deacon’s fantastic book, “The Symbolic Species: The co-evolution of language and the brain” (W.W. Norton & Company, 1997).

16 Responses to “Complete this quote: “Our cherished belief…has not prevented us from…””

  1. anon1 said

    “… becoming specialists in unconscionable deeds.”

  2. meika said

    becoming scientists.

  3. Janis said

    ” … acting like a bunch of screaming monkeys most of the time.”

  4. opting to feed our offspring on cows milk and soy derivatives. said

    we say our children are our most valued ‘possession’ yet we don not work to provide all children with mothers milk as was the case before the industrial revolution. If was can process and bottle cows milk we could do the same with the even more valuable product – human milk. It has multiple uses – we jsut are not trying hard enough!

  5. [...] Complete this quote: “Our cherished belief…has not prevented us from…” [...]

  6. gregdowney said

    living most of our time in a state of unconsciousness.

  7. Nicholas said

    thinking of the other person as less than worthy of true consideration.

  8. [...] Kiran wrote: “…so many ends yet no end to the means we employ.” Terrence Deacon: “Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…”           Nicholas wrote: “thinking of the other person as less than worthy of true [...]

  9. [...] extent, in a variety of imperfect ways, individually and collectively, we have the means to…” “Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…” “Emotional expressions are crucial to…” “If a meme is to dominate the attention of a [...]

  10. [...] extent, in a variety of imperfect ways, individually and collectively, we have the means to…” “Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…” “Emotional expressions are crucial to…” “If a meme is to dominate the attention of a human [...]

  11. [...] extent, in a variety of imperfect ways, individually and collectively, we have the means to…” “Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…” “Emotional expressions are crucial to…” “If a meme is to dominate the attention of a human [...]

  12. [...] extent, in a variety of imperfect ways, individually and collectively, we have the means to…” “Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…” “Emotional expressions are crucial to…” “If a meme is to dominate the attention of a human [...]

  13. [...] extent, in a variety of imperfect ways, individually and collectively, we have the means to…” “Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…” “Emotional expressions are crucial to…” “If a meme is to dominate the attention of a human [...]

  14. This is making me to think harder. It is a good statement.

  15. “Our cherished belief in the specialness of human consciousness has not prevented us from…” “fighting wars and killing fellow humans in the name of religion, caste, color, nationality, for land, power, oil, wealth, revenge, and so on.”

  16. [...] Deacon also features in Les Fondations Francaises de la neuroanthropologie, Colour, is it in the brain, and Complete this quote. [...]

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