Saturday, 27 August 2011

Huxley reveals snail, snail reveals Huxley

So I gave the slide to Baby Snail to see if it was to his taste.

Underneath is a copy of Huxley's nice 'Diagram exhibiting the disposition, nervous system, etc., in a common Snail (Helix). '

Baby Snail tucked in with gusto and devoured about a quarter of the dinner in a matter of minutes then charged to another part of the slide and just sat there for ages.

"What's up? Overeaten? Feeling sick? Poisoned even?"

Baby snail couldn't say, at least not in a way that I could understand. And neither could any of my interwebs, either, because they are interested in the eating habits of others only from their own perspectives. Who is to care whether a snail feels nausea? Plenty out there deny a snail feels at all. Many who deny a snail an autonomous sense of being-in-the-world due to a lack of "soul" or the right kind of CPU. These people I have no time for, whether they call themselves religious or rational; they are actually mean-spirited narcissists who allow their understanding of the world to be governed by "if-I-can't-see-it-it's-not-there" and "if-I-can-see-it-it-must-be-true-in-an-absolute-sense". Now this is very wrong and stupid of them but perhaps nobody spent quite enough time playing peek-a-boo with them when they were babies so they are more to be pitied than blamed.

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