[Ads-l] The Nigerian Scam revisited

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Sun Oct 2 20:11:59 EDT 2016

I think the key words here are, "gang up", "entrap", and "eat", Joel.

It's all too easy to think of analogous behavior in contemporary homo sap

Also, there may be a confusion between actuarial reality and specific instances
-- the fact that, on average, left-handed people are more accident-prone than
right-handed people doesn't mean that any one specific left-handed individual is
necessarily more accident prone than another specific right-handed individual.

I was, in the scale of primate evolution, thinking mostly in terms of social
interaction -- we, homo saps, after all have the Internet, while bonobo monkeys


(All this goes back to a time, many years ago, when I was brooding over a piece
entitled, "Internet Discussion Lists Considered in Terms of Primate
Territoriality".  It didn't, probably for the best, go anywhere, but I was
trying to come to terms with the weird [to me] existence of an academic list,
that had better be nameless, where the convention was to sign posts with an
academic title, and at the worst, include status and institutional affiliation
-- Professor Kildare (M.D.) Amhurst.  Or whatever.

Difficult to imagine this happening on ADS-l.  But then ADS-l is pretty much
non-Noyau.   R.)

> On 03 October 2016 at 00:38 Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
>     Robin, do you and your mates, like chimpanzees, also gang up on, entrap,
> and eat colobus monkeys?
>     Joel
>     ---------------------------------------------
>     From: Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM>
>     Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2016 5:35 PM
>     Subject: Re: [ADS-L] The Nigerian Scam revisited
>     ...
>     Me, I admire the bonobo, and I like to think that I'm more enlightened
> than a
>     silver-backed gorilla, but I suspect that I'm finally on the level with
> the
>     chimpanzees.
>     Way it goes.
>     At least be grateful that this in a non-Noyau list.
>     Robin

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