"...a few centuries of coherent humanist thought, set against a million odd years of evolved killer ape tendency. No-one's going to give you very good odds on humanism, are they?"
This is really a remarkable idea for the eighteenth century. It is also a very effective satire on so-called scientific literature of the time, which was not always obviously the result of rational thinking.
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