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

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).

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Paul Mason

I am a biomedically trained social anthropologist interested in biological and cultural diversity.

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

  1. 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!

  2. “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.”

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