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  • The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. - Dawkins

from "God's Utility Function" by Richard Dawkins Chap 4 of River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, Basic Books, 1996 (reprinted as article in Scientific American, Nov. 1995, p. 85)

"... The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. ..."

Pour la Science, janvier 1996. (me contacter pour l'article en pdf).

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