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Thread #59418 Message #1643549
Posted By: Amos
07-Jan-06 - 02:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) -- King Kong may be a far-fetched creation of Hollywood but scientists say the big ape has some basis in biological fact: animals on islands often evolve into gigantic versions of their mainland kin.
"There is a whole body of research on islands which suggests gigantism occurs on them but of course nothing on the scale of King Kong," said Sue Lieberman, an evolutionary biologist and director of the global species program for WWF International.
"There is evidence that this happens because of isolation and a lack of competition ... the further an island is from the mainland the more potential there is for the evolution of new species," she told Reuters by telephone from Rome.
I believe this also reflects on the growth of egos. Although no man is an island, it is clear that any individual can emulate insularity by either erecting barriers to block off his inherent connections with all life, or by choosing some obsessive computation that makes him or her feel more "right" than any other, necessitating the reduction of any other in his viewpoint. Either mechanism will serve, and both produce augmented insularity in the individual world view. Because this is an artifact and not the natural condition of the individual it absorbs a great deal of mental effort, usually below the conscious level, to maintain the state of pseudo-separation.
Under these conditions, the growth of the indigenous fauna -- notably the Ego -- can be irritated to respond by developing a condition of gigantism, which in the makeup of an individual is something like a case of hives -- painful, itchy, inescapable, and dominating.
I leave it as an exercise for the reader to identify any he or she may know to whom this applies.