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Jessica Sellers Per. 5/English 2.24.04 Final Draft Summary: "The Dogma of Otherness" My name is David Brin and I'm an author mostly on books pertaining to philanthrophy. My most recent piece of work is a collection of short stories called, "Otherness". Each time I write a new book, my publisher sends me on publicity tours to promote my books. This tour was quite distguishable from the others, except in the notion that I'd recognized something knew about people, ideas, and culture. Though I hate telling people "whoppers", I told them about what I knew pertaining to the question on porpoise (dolphin, whale) intelligence. People all began to come up with their questionable perceptions (or rumors, for that matter) about the dolphin intelligence; they all seemed disappointed by my data. Again I try to explain using evidence from a highly reliable source in Hawaii, they didn't want to believe me. I tried to settle their turbulent protesting, but the audience continued to explain themselves with infinite ideas to the question they asked me in the beginning. I began to wonder what was driving them so much, pestering me with a question first, then trying to defend an answer with their own impractical enquiries. ...read more.


After comparing the Western American society pertaining to the Dogma of Otherness with the ideas and dogmas of China the man still didn't want to admit to his acknowledgement of the dogma. As the man tries to explain I tell him that by him expressing his views on that level that he did, indeed he is a cultural chauvinist. The man frowns and scratches his head in deliberation. One woman, however, recognizes that either way that man goes, I have him trapped. I continued to explain while saying that dogmas don't have to be logical, they just have to be functional in our lives. By pointing out that we should be proud of America, it serves as another example of the dogma when a woman tries to argue with me again. The audience laughs as the woman finally realizes what I was trying to get at from the beginning. The publicity tour comes to an end. After the "revelation" of The Dogma of Otherness, at the publicity tour it occured to me that if everyone believed Copernicus, then no one could say that Europe, China, or Arabia were the central places of where creation began. ...read more.


As I examine the characteristics of other animals in the world, something else that I realize, is that most animals in the world do the same things we all have been told (above) about Man while we were growing up. It appears to me that the more and more we criticize humankind, the more the line dividing us from animal world disappears and becomes unclear. I also show examples of animals in the world that are evolving to be more like us as they change and become accustomed by adaptive radiations. Those animals I discuss are: Stallions, male lions, apes, mallard ducks, and elephants. It is very ironic, though, how all of this is coming together coherently. To say simply with no problem, that humans are just a pimple on Creation (thus saying that the world would be better off without us), I hope, leaves us in an uncomfortable and discontent feeling. When we, as humans, began to look in the mirror and interpret our cultures is when we can try to move on from the Doctrine of Otherness. In closing, I think that we should all be tolerant of everybody and everyone; and all types of dogmas have some sort of validity. ...read more.

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