The Face of a Spider by David Quammen

The Face of a Spider by David Quammen

The Face of a Spider by David Quammen Photo copyright Maxis, Inc. The Spider in Question The black widow spider (genus Latrodectus) produces the neurotoxin -latrotoxinlatrotoxin that causes systemic effects including achiness, mild paralysis, nausea, etc. Black

widow bites rarely cause death in humans. Top Photo from http://www.nature.com/nsb/journal/v7/n1/fig_tab/nsb0100_3_F2.html; Bottom Photo from Encarta Themes People often exaggerate natures holiness (e.g. Jainisms ahimsa, the animal liberation movement) We should not treat higher

lifeforms any differently than we do lower lifeforms (even including plants) Eye Contact = Communication = Identity This works both ways! Front-Center Eyes, Wolf Spider Photo from http://www.cosmiclight.com/galleries/sem3.htm Literary and Rhetorical

Techniques Scientific knowledge and terminology Historical and cultural knowledge Humor (and bluntness) and honest conversation with reader Repetition of fundamental question Pseudo-rational approach to sub-issues Specific examples Questions Does the author really regret killing the baby spiders?

Does he answer his fundamental question? Does the author believe in eye contact? Do you think eye contact works with spiders? With larger animals? With humans? Top Photo from http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/ultimate_killers/picpops/prog3_brow.shtml; Bottom Photo from http://argnet.fatal-latrotoxindesign.com/gfx/photos/nature/kittens/cat-latrotoxinvs-latrotoxinspider.jpg

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