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Wilberforce
Fictional Character
A Different Flesh
POD: C. 2.5-1.3 million years ago;
Relevant POD: c. 1492
Appearance(s): "And So To Bed"
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Nationality: England
Occupation: Scientist
Affiliations: Royal Society

Wilberforce was a member of the Royal Society and an acquaintance of Samuel Pepys. After Pepys' presentation of his transformational theory of life to the Society on 29 May 1661, Wilberforce stood to ask him whether his great-grandfather or his great-grandmother was a sim? Pepys replied that there was no shame in having a sim as an ancestor and using its limited intellect as best as one could but to use one's intellect to raise quibbles such as this was shameful. This answer brought forth a round of applause which caused Wilberforce to sit down embarrassed.

Literary NoteEdit

The name of Wilberforce is an allusion to Bishop Samuel Wilberforce who asked a similar question of Thomas Huxley during the 1860 Oxford evolution debate. Huxley gave a similar answer.

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