[Taxacom] when is a common species critically endangered?
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Wed Jun 27 17:03:03 CDT 2012
>Surely the notion that humans are somehow separate from nature is laughable, especially coming from taxonomists of all people<
then, Rod, you missed my point ... the notion is not only not laughable, but *true by definition*, though "separate" in this context must be understood as "conceptually separate", not "physically or ecologically separate". Example: an earthquake and associated tsunami is a natural disaster, 9/11 was not a natural disaster, though it would have been if real monkeys had planned and executed the attacks. It is a good distinction, and to claim that humans are part of nature is a nonsense, but they are of course part of the overall system (human + nature), and it is a tight knit system ...
From: Roderic Page <r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk>
To: Mark Wilden <mark at mwilden.com>
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Mark, it's far from naive. Surely the notion that humans are somehow separate from nature is laughable, especially coming from taxonomists of all people.
See http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/09/mf_microbiome/ (or indeed any phylogeny involving primates).
On 27 Jun 2012, at 03:29, Mark Wilden wrote:
> This is no doubt an incredibly naive question, but how long will it
> take before humans and their artifacts are considered part of
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