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John Rentoul

Parasitic wasp 300x225 Parastic InsectsA thing that is not well enough known:

In another book I learn that ten percent of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harassing, disfiguring, or totally destroying the other ninety percent? These things are not well enough known.

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974), p 229.

Via Fire & Knowledge from A Thought for Today on A Word A Day email from Anu Garg.

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    Luciana Berger?

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  • greggf

    “What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harassing, disfiguring, or totally destroying the other ninety percent?”

    I detect an allegory in your quotation JR…..?

  • greggf

    Title spelling JR?


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