By referencing human dog breeding? I do. Well … Here. It was appalling, the way Manhattan sophisticates so easily swallowed something that was so obviously untrue. First, Dawkins demanded that we not pay any attention to the fact that dog breeding is a form of design:
Don’t evade the point by protesting that dog breeding is a form of intelligent design. It is (kind of), …
Yes, it is. Maybe not good design, as we shall see in a moment, but design. So where does that leave his argument for randomness? Well, he endeared himself to the sophisticates by a rhetorical flourish:
From Newfies to Yorkies, from Weimaraners to water spaniels, from Dalmatians to dachshunds, as I incredulously close this book I seem to hear mocking barks and deep, baying howls of derision from 500 breeds of dogs — every one descended from a timber wolf within a time frame so short as to seem, by geological standards, instantaneous.
I would not dignify the sophisticates by asking what Dawkins preciously avoids asking: To what effect is all this sudden, swift change? I will just note that, apart from sophisticates being laid off by the hundreds, the New York Times is now largely in the hands of a Mexican billionaire. Let’s just say, that guy won’t have much to prove; he sure couldn’t run it worse. If we want facts, not sophistication: Re dog breeding, most human innovations in recent years (as everyone always really knew) have inflicted misery:
The German Shepherd Dog is also a breed that is routinely mentioned when people talk about ruined breeds; maybe because they used to be awesome. In Dogs of All Nations, the GSD is described as a medium-sized dog (25 kg /55 lb), this is a far cry from the angulated, barrel-chested, sloping back, ataxic, 85-pounders (38 kg) we are used to seeing in the conformation ring. There was a time when the GSD could clear a 2.5 meter (8.5 ft) wall; that time is long gone. More.
Cats may be luckier. Area resident felines Tom, Dick, and Harry, admitted non-sophisticats, claim that it is not possible to induce such hideous deformities in a cat, so no one should try. 😉
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