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Although he denies that he said that, now, but I'm sure that he said it, because it stood out as one of the most honest comments that was made about my suggestion.

Mamie didn't say a word. And after/everyone had left, about 2 or 3 AM, I said to her, “Mamie, “when there were just the two of us, alone -- I said, “Mamie, I notice that you didn't say anything about it.”

She said, “I know.”

“Well, what do you think?”

She said, “I'll tell you. “Well, it wasn't until the next day, when I was driving her to the station, she said, “I'm ready to tell you what I think about your speech, now.”

I said, “OK, please.”

She said, “Why the hell do you want to save mankind?”

I was stunned. I think she said one or two more sentences, you know. “It may be that we're not worth saving, “and” it would not have been the first time that a species that was incapable of mobilizing the resources for suvival had to die off, become extinct.”

“According to your theory, functional moral sensitivity is absolutely essential for the survival of the human species -- but they don't have it. No amount of preaching about it or wishing about it will result in survival.”

You know, it was brilliant critique. But you people -- I don't know of anyone else of my critics who made that point, you know, that essentially my paper was wishful thinking, hope against hope kind of paper, rather than something that --





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