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Olivia Judson Message

from The Rap Guide to Human Nature by Baba Brinkman



Hey Baba, it’s Olivia Judson calling. Thanks for sending me your “Evolution of Gayness” lyrics. I think they’re great – I’m impressed by how much you managed to condense a difficult subject into about four sentences, bravo. But I do have a couple of quibbles. The first thing is to do with recessive and dominant. Not all genes behave in this way; quite a lot don’t. Instead of one gene taking over and being responsible for the main effect, it’s more shared, and both copies of the gene are contributing, so I think you should fix that. And then the other thing is that I think also morality doesn’t come from nature and I think that whether something is found in nature doesn’t make it right for humans; it’s sort of irrelevant. I mean, certainly if you were to look at nature, you could justify pretty much any behavior, from murdering your mother, brether, sister, rape, and so on, and so I think that one has to be very careful about whether we look at the natural world and sort of conclude, okay, well it happens in nature therefore it’s fine for humans to do as well. Obviously I think homosexuality is perfectly fine regardless of who does it, but I think that just because it’s natural does not in and of itself make it the right thing to do. Anyway, thanks again for showing them to me, and good luck. Bye.


from The Rap Guide to Human Nature, released August 1, 2010


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Baba Brinkman New York, New York

Science rapper and inventor of several novel hip-hop variants. Canadian transplant to New York. Pathological optimist.

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