Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have condemned heliotropism as a dangerous delusion. They are calling for reeducation camps where heliotropic flowers will be quarantined from the general population.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Some flowers are heliotropic. According to evolutionary psychology, this reflects a telltale throwback to their primitive Darwinian origins. Natural selection fostered a geocentric outlook in sunflowers, arctic poppies, snow buttercups, and other faith-based flora. Unfortunately, solar-tracking plants haven’t outgrown their backward, superstitious faith in the motion of the sun across the solid dome of a stationary earth.