"Pinker probably would have recognized the danger of tribal ostracism," wrote our excellent friend Carol Ward — quoted in an update to our previous post — in the comments of AVI's "Why Did Steven Pinker 'Lie'" yesterday, making the point — an ur-theme of this blog — that the best and brightest thinkers among us are not immune from the emotional imperative of tribal loyalty, even when it undermines the logic of their arguments. Googling "sisu pinker" to review our own related thoughts, we came upon "The darker view of human evolution is gaining clout," the title referencing a February 2007 column by NYT token conservative David Brooks, who wrote:
"SuperBalls are better than mice — or birds, or squirrels — for Tiny 'cause they don't stop moving, no matter how much you bat them around, and for us 'cause we don't have to wrestle with the moral dilemma between a cat's and our own imperatives," we blogged a couple of years back. Above, closeup this morning reveals fine points of Tiny's batting technique.
"Gaining clout?" we blogged in mock horror. [Also, what's this about "we don't understand much about it"? We guess it depends upon what your definition of "we" is. The Founding Fathers knew a whole lot about "universal human nature" and designed the Constitution accordingly. -ed]:
Meanwhile, propelled by the google-facilitated drowning sensation of watching our blogging life flash before our eyes, we googled "sisu tragic view human nature" and came up with this particularly apt gem from our recent post "Gone from university life was the larger tragic sense":
Speaking of Sarah Palin, here's another timely post that popped up from the archives:
'Guess we'd better not hang up those blogging gloves just yet.
Update: This just in: "Glenn Beck's 5pmET Fox News program premieres on Monday, and Politico's Michael Calderone reports his first guest [will be] Gov. Sarah Palin."
Update II: The lion lies down with the lamb at Modulator's Friday Ark.