Somewhere in E.O Wilson's writing, he discusses how human values are rooted in our nature as a specific kind of animal. He argues that we have an identifiable optimal living place -- a grove at the top of a hill, with surrounding grassland give an area of clear view, overlooking a body of water. He then goes on to further make this case by imagining that naked mole rats have risen to intelligence. He pens a speech that such a being might give on some patriotic holiday. And boy howdy, it sure does not sound like any epideictic speech you could imagine a human giving. The use of shit as a metaphor for sustenance alone is sufficiently jarring, but there were a bunch more, all firmly anchored in aspects of mole rat biology and social structure that differ from ours.
I would like to cite and quote this passage. I thought this was either in Biophilia or Consilience, but I have not been able to find it in either book, or in a bunch of other searches via google scholar, and through my own books and ebooks of his.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Can you point me toward where I would find it?