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beauty and virtue

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The award for longest book title in the world goes to:

'An Inquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue, in Two Treatises, in Which the Principle of the Earl of Shaftsbury Are Explan'd and Defended Against the Author of The Fable of The Bees, and the Ideas of Moral Good and Evil are Establish'd According to the Sentiments of the Ancient Moralists. With An Attempt to Introduce a Mathematical Calculation in Subjects of Morality' by F. Hutcheson (1694-1746).

Universal Acid

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Reading the Stengers chapter in The Speculative Turn when I ought to be writing about noumenal causation, I came across this paragraph about eliminativisim and Dennett (et al):

The universal acid of the so-called dangerous idea of Darwin is just what is needed. It brings no effective understanding of evolutionary processes but is eliminating, dissolving away, all reasons to resist the redefinition of humans as a piece of engineering that can be understood in terms of algorithms, and modified at will. And those who struggle against this operative redefinition of our worlds will have against them the authority of reason and science.