A Quotation for the Morning

By Carl Zimmer | May 5, 2010 9:47 am

chicken“Is mother-love vile because a hen shows it, or fidelity base because dogs possess it?”

Thomas Huxley, Man’s Place in Nature (1863)

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Evolution, The Tangled Bank

Comments (4)

  1. jumblepudding

    what makes hens vile?

  2. Nadine

    Another reason I’m glad we named our dog after T.H. Huxley.

  3. Moses

    Is this a rant against sociobiology?

    [CZ: This was long before sociobiology. Huxley was arguing–even before Darwin did so in print–that there was no reason to diminish human nature by recognizing it as a product of evolution.]

  4. mcaro

    We differ in degree but not in kind, to paraphrase Darwin.


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