[Taxacom] evolution education
Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Thu Feb 3 10:47:48 CST 2011
Relativism is always a sticking point. I and doubtless most scientists subscribe to "relative relativism," a kind of via mediocritas that salutes the extremes as valuable visions and checkpoints, but promotes a focus on that which seems to work for the person having to actually do the work. Suppose there were no pacifists? What do they teach us?
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Richard H. Zander
Missouri Botanical Garden, PO Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA
Web sites: http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/resbot/ and http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/bfna/bfnamenu.htm
Modern Evolutionary Systematics Web site: http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/resbot/21EvSy.htm
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> [...] The puzzlement to us -- at least speaking for those
> with whom I have discussed this extensively -- is those
> who love nature yet deny evolution.
I don't see it. In my experience there is no word with as many
meanings as "nature". I am going by the assumption that nature
is in the eye of the beholder, that is, "natural" = "according
to the speaker's personal nature (= character)".
Where a farmer will happily step out into nature (i.e. a living,
breathing, green environment, exposed to the elements) a
botanist will observe a green wasteland (a monoculture of
a mere handful species of grasses, where nothing else grows).
The botanist's nature will be wasteland to the farmer (urgently
in need of mowing, sowing and tending).
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