Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wealth has many arms

Doctors in India who completed a gruelling 24-hour separation procedure today on a two-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs have declared it a success.
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What struck me as interesting here is that here is a naturally-occurring precendent for (here, Indian) mythology: Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, has four arms. Given that developmental abnormalities are more common in areas or societies with greater in-breeding and greater local pollution, the source of many of the more fantastical mythological beings is likely to have been based on actual experience of unusual births.


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