Dude and Lamont Ponder Extinction Decisions


“Hey Lamont, how are you more likely to make an important decision — by reasoning through it, or by going with your gut?”

“Are you reading another one of those dumb magazines?”

“Just answer the question, Lamont. Which? Gut or reasoning?”

“Doesn’t it really depend on WHAT you’re deciding? When the meteor was on its way down did you reason or go with your gut?”

“Any sensible creature wouldn’t need to think about it, would they? Wouldn’t anyone know what to do?”

“That’s why this is a false dichotomy. It’s not as if the visceral response were disengaged completely from reason or that the mind ignores what the visceral radar is screaming. It’s all about survival and every being is equipped with information gathering tools. Any creature who doesn’t use everything to make it through those meteor moments is a fool.”

“But we didn’t make it, Lamont.”

“Not so, Dude. Some of us made it or evolution would not lead back to us as it does. There’d be no birds, particularly turkeys.”

“How did they make it?”

“They weren’t giant like we were. How in hell is a multi-ton velociraptor going to get away? Those flying creatures had a chance. That’s my whole point.”

“How is that your whole point?”

“We beings can ‘decide’ all we want but it isn’t necessarily going to change anything. A meteor is a  meteor is a meteor. It’s emblematic of our time and place that we can sit around here and yammer about how we make decisions. God help us if we’re still yammering when the next meteor hits.”