The ‘Times’ Descends Into Disgust

Didn't you just love today’s Times article about the evolution of morality? (What, you don't read "Science Times" until your first trip to the privacy of the Handicapped Bathroom?) This was our favorite line: "Imagine visiting a town where people wear no clothes, never bathe, have sex 'doggie style' in public, and eat raw meat by biting off pieces directly from the carcass," psychologist John Haight described to the paper, explaining the evolution of the emotion "disgust." According to Nexis, this is only the second time in history the Gray Lady has allowed the expression “doggie style” into print, not counting service pieces about pet-grooming places. We can only imagine what the negotiations with the copy desk were like. Did reporter Nicholas Wade have to be all, “Dude, it’s been in the vernacular since 1993, when Snoop Dogg released his seminal album.” Was there a debate over “doggy” versus “doggie”? Were the copy editors like, “Ooookay. But we’re going to put it into scare quotes, just so everyone is clear that while other people may say this, no one at the Times would ever say, or do, anything of that nature. EVER.”

Is 'Do Unto Others' Written into the Human Genetic Code? [NYT]