03 May 2007

Of Ticks and Men

Carl Sagan once wrote a very interesting book. Well, he did write quite a few very interesting books - especially Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors, where I first learnt how tremendously effective of women's noses on average to come up to men's armpits bcs of alpha-androstenol, and how sows fall in love with truffles bcs of same alpha-androstenol, and I also fell a bit in love with ticks upon learning that some can dangle from a branch and patiently wait for a host for up to 7 years, plus they hold gatherings of the tribes in remote caves and you can't possibly imagine this, all these little dozens hundreds thousands millions of ticks together, capituli bowed in concentration, doing their little tick things, without forever carving a special place for them in your heart. I pestered entirely too many people in the following months with my tales of sweat and hormones, misguided French sows and the tick life cycle.

This particular book, Broca's Brain, has a chapter called "A Sunday Sermon" in which he discusses religion. He mentions a cult that was solely based on the assumption that the world was going to end on, say, the 1st of January 85 [I rmember it al losely, I read it a good while ago. In fact, I must have been abt 17 or so bcs that's when I first discovered Sagan and Gould and Dawkins, I read them in Portuguese, and there was no internet, no Amazon or Ebay and I had mostly yet to discover the beauty of books in their original English language bcs they were hard to find.] So, cult, world, apocalypse [Buffy!]. They prepared themselves and awaited the end. Then, appallingly, the 1st of January came and went and alas, they were still breathing. And I remember Sagan saying their response to this was extraordinarily clever, they said well, the world had ended and they could not be blamed if people refused to accept it.

[IT'S TOO SAD YOU SHOULD NOW MISS THE PUN AND THE POINT OF IT ALL DUE TO CENSORSHIP BUT IT REVOLVES AROUND A MALE HAVING WATCHED A DECIDEDLY GIRLY FILM]

Exactly.

11 furballs:

Panda said...

He's doing WHAT???

Dawkins...I luuuurve Dawkins.

Lord Chimmy said...

Brilliant! Refusing to accept things actually prevents them from happening...I am going to put this to the test.

Hi Lioness! I like how your title relates a blood sucking insect with men. haha. You cheeky monkey.

Aurelia said...

Well, I refuse to believe that I am all out eggs, and I seem to ovulate once in a little while, so maybe Sagan is right, and a little denial IS a good thing.

portuguesa nova said...

You've got a good man there.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand. Chalk it up to lack of sleep or just plain cluelessness.

V.

Lioness said...

It goes like this: Carl Sagan blablabla, Emanuel is watching The Devil Wears Prada (The Devil Wears Prada, for fuck's sake!), therefore the world HAS ended, and I know it truly is so even if everyone else fails to see it.

JennaM said...

Kind of like Dubya's re-election.

xoxo
JennaM

cat said...

You are correct, tis the proof right there... thank god we don't have to wait for it to end anymore.

Kim said...

heeheehee...you are writing deep philosophical thoughts on evolutionary biology and existence, and your gentleman friend is watching a chick flick...heeheehee

brooksba said...

The ticks? Yes, they're going to give me nightmares. Thank you very much.

So the question, did Emanuel like the movie?

CarpeDM said...

Ooh! I loved that movie. What's not to love? The incredibly beautiful Anne Hathaway who is NOT an annoying starlet like Ms. Lohan, the very talented Meryl Streep & my beloved Stanley Tucci. So I guess I am refusing to believe the world has ended.

Um, no. I do not love ticks. I may not hate them as much as I did before I read this post but still, they gets no love.