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I really have to question the Richard Dawkins example, given how many of his books feature sections on the evolution of some emotion or other and how it contributes to survival. The Greatest Show On Earth even features an arguable inversion, with the comparison between a normal person who has an emotional dislike of pain and a hypothetical stoic who can sense pain and recognise that it is bad, but has no particular emotions on the subject. The conclusion is of course that the stoic is likely to end up dead or injured from things the emotional guy would have avoided.
  • Leigh Sabio: Fine, I'll remove it. Maybe it wasn't the best example.