March 12, 2014

The Argus, a paper based in Brighton, England, would like to apologize for suggesting that the director of the Brighton Science Festival believes the “21st century will be remembered for a terrible war between mankind and goats.”

A goat in Washington, D.C., last August, perhaps making diabolical plans. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

That contention, as well as another goat-obsessed comment, actually came in the form of a question submitted by a reader.

The paper today published an apology to repent for the misattribution:

For the record, here’s how festival director Richard Robinson replied to the goat question:

The reassurance provided by a purely objective, existentialist view of life is that one can view with equanimity the scenario in which we humans are displaced by almost any other animal on the planet, including goats. It is all one, in the grand chaotic riot of things.

The apology has not been added to the online version of the article, though it should be.

In response to the question, “In an upcoming war between mankind and goats, which side will you be on? What techniques can science provide in order to give mankind an edge in a conflict against powerful and cunning goats?”

Robinson also replied, “I’m afraid I cannot address your problem. I have much more important things to think about just now: sea urchins, hordes of them, with their evil poisoned spines, there in the sea, just out of view, waiting… waiting…”

Hat tip to Patricia Sauthoff.

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