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May 25, 2005



"Hideous?" No. Occasionally not very conveniently shaped, but that is typicaly the result of breeding for things other than perfect Pythagorean geometry, such as, oh, flavor. Store tomatoes are bred for conformity and for resistance to warehouse damage. Just because a tomato doesn't match your idea of the perfect Platonic tomato doesn't mean it's "hideous," my dear.

You see the effect in show cat breeeding, too, to use another example. Breeding purely for appearance results in Persian kittens that cannot eat because their muzzle is sunk between their eyes, and in absolutely beautiful animals that can be taken out of their cages for only a few minutes at a time because they are actually dangerous to bystanders. That's what hideous is.

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