Thank you for the opportunity to read the draft of Chapter 15. The primary result of the reading is to make me look forward
to reading Chapters 1 through 14 and 16 through the end. As I had begun to learn in other contexts, one person's ego trip
can be another's exciting voyage.
I am enclosing the draft. On pages 16 and 17 you will find some suggestions. At least in my view, they are primarily concerned
with making the facts more accurate.
After I have read the book I know that there will be many things to discuss further. For example, I have not experienced
the anguish you speak of when facing the implications of modern biology. Nothing I know of in biology threatens my own notions
of human identity or uniqueness, quite the reverse. Biology teaches us that each species is indeed unique and this reinforces
our sense of brotherhood and responsibility. As for mutability . . . we have been mutable since the beginning and knew that
in many ways. What is different is that we are beginning to understand one of the mechanisms for mutability. Other mechanisms
of mutability, depending on culture, have been understood and manipulated for millennia.
I agree with you about sanity. But insanity is rampant without biological understanding. The important thing about Dr. Moreau
and Adolph Hitler is insanity. It is true that power increases the dangers inherent in insanity and for that reason as knowledge
brings power it can be dangerous. But that is not really a new problem. For me, the central issue is probably power itself.
Well, that's a beginning. I look forward to more give and take in a face to face meeting. I hope it won't be too long.