Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, Tooby and Cosmides

From: Emil Gilliam (emil@emilgilliam.com)
Date: Sun Sep 15 2002 - 02:54:08 MDT

The following quotation is from the final section of Robert Louis
Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), in which Henry Jekyll
feverishly writes his closing thoughts before transforming irreversibly
into Mr. Hyde:

"With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and
the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth, by whose
partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that
man is not truly one, but truly two. I say two, because the state of my
own knowledge does not pass beyond that point. Others will follow,
others will outstrip me on the same lines; and I hazard the guess that
man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious,
incongruous and independent denizens."

I wouldn't read too much into this, but it provides some interesting
historical perspective that even in the 19th century (and before
William James) the difference between the SSSM and evolutionary
psychology already loomed on the horizon. I'm sure examples much older
than this must exist somewhere.

- E.

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