Scorpions sting


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By Scorpions sting, does the author mean "the science-religion controversy is like Scorpions sting, rooted in biology"?

Thanks in advance

The science-religion controversy cannot go away; it is rooted in biology … Scorpions sting. We talk of religion, afterlife, soul, higher powers, muses, purpose, reason, objectivity, pointlessness, and randomness. We cannot help ourselves …

-Sam Harris (Moral Landscape Page 87)
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It is a reference to a surprisingly recent fable: "The Scorpion and the Frog"
    The Scorpion and the Frog - Wikipedia
    A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.
    Scorpions sting = that is the unavoidable nature of the controversy
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