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Date published: 2006/01/27

The second lecture of the Darwin Lecture Series 2006 was by Edith Hall on the "Survival of Culture". Hall was an enthusiastic speaker if nothing else. The rough summary of her talk is that lots of people have put their (politically correct) spin on the (of course fictional) story of the cyclops from Homer's Odyssey. (Showing how empire is wonderful. Showing how empire is terrible. Showing how men -- as distinct from women -- are dreadful. Etc. So "politically correct" meant one thing in the 19th century and another thing today.) But why putting an arbitrary (and it is arbitrary) interpretation on one small part of a (fictional) story from a couple of thousands of years ago is considered worthy of so much study and comment is anyone's guess. (Perhaps these people have nothing more interesting to say for themselves.)

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