Monday, November 5, 2007

A dog and flies on The Missing Link

The fourth episode of The Missing Link podcast, delivers two essays as usual. One is about an explorer in Africa, writing praise to his faithful dog, quaintly called wantrouw - distrust in Afrikaans. The other essay is about flies and how gradually science discovered flies were carriers of diseases.

The love expressed for the dog is unraveled by show host Elizabeth Green Musselman to the loneliness of the explorer. In addition, this expression has some ardent colonialist if racist elements. This is also part of the history of science: the arrogance of superiority the West has displayed towards other peoples.

How many other peoples, especially those considered primitive and according to Darwinist Ethonology were deemed near atavistic. Nearer to beast than men, but nevertheless would have known way in advance of western observers that flies carry diseases? Many I think

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