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There has never been a Kuro5hin story that struck me quite like this one. Innovative, and interestingly written. Ultimately I guess it’s petit jeux, but it’s a worthwhile etude to think about the effects of domestication. It also provided a link to the study on the domestication of foxes I learned about in Ray Coppinger’s class back in the day at Hampshire. The crux of it is that when you take the friendliest foxes, breed them to each other, and breed the friendliest of their offspring, the progeny start demonstrating characteristics of domesticated dogs — floppy ears, piebald markings, and neotenic (childlike) physical forms and behavior — after a few generations. Neoteny is apparently the key, as it is with human creativity. Neat, huh?

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