Sunday, September 9, 2012

The LIFE Nature Library. The Primates (1965)

My parents indulged my fascination with the natural world. One of the ways they did so was to subscribe to various magazines like National Geographic and book series like the Time-Life Nature Library. Our house was filled with books, which goes a long way in explaining the size of my own library -- now scattered between two states.

One of the perennial excuses used by vivisectors to defend the horrible things they do to animals and their dismal nearly nonexistent success at improving patient care is to say that the benefits of what is being done to an animal today won't be seen for a couple of decades; that's how science works after all.

It's a convenient argument that gets them off the hook for the horrible things they are doing right now. It's also mostly gibberish with little substance to support it. People who have looked back in time and tried to test their claim have not been able to find much supporting evidence. See for instance the studies listed under Human healthcare at

Below is a chapter from the book pictured above. The pages can be clicked on to provide a larger version that I hope are readable. If this doesn't work for you, here's a .pdf of the chapter. Of interest here are the various claims that are made. The clearest example of pie-in-the-sky that never panned out is on page 161: "Today the most significant research is in the field of transplants, to the end that defective human kidneys and hearts may eventually be replaced by healthy organs from apes and monkeys."

In fact, pages 161 and 162 are a telling tableau of just how much gibberish comes out of the labs.

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