John Grehan jrg13 at psu.edu
Thu Sep 10 11:57:05 EDT 1998

Anne Kilmer

 Those insects which care for their young (stink bugs for
>instance) also enjoy good results. the crux is having more children
>survive to procreate; quality beats quantity every time -- except in the
>welfare state.

I grew up, and benifited from, a welfare state. I don't think the results
were too detrimental!

>As for purpose, for some of us it is an article of faith; for others, a
>figure of speech.

I would agree, but some also use purpose to explain and understand the
natural world as if it were an empirical reality rather than an article of faith
or a figure of speach. Its only the application of purpose to empirical reality
 that I have critiqued, and if the issue
involves our understanding and interpretation of Lepidoptera structure and
it has some relevance I think.

This is not the place to thrash it out.

If I may say so, is it not a bit disingenuous to say this after having
contributed to the thrashing?

Sincerely, John Grehan

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