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A friend writes to comment on Atkins’s “smarmy condescension.”
Indeed. In an age when serious scientists wonder whether the universe itself is conscious—because they cannot otherwise account for intelligence in nature— it’s not clear what smarmy condescension would achieve. Except, perhaps, to indicate that the condescender does not know what time it is.
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