Quotes Of The Day

January 17th, 2008at 09:24pm Posted by Eli

Today’s two-fer is from last week’s Wild Side blog/column by Olivia Judson.

(Disclaimer: Ms. Judson was in the same dorm complex my freshman year, and I thought she was very sweet. So the selection process may not be entirely unbiased today. Take it up with my ombudsman.)

The first quote is actually from Alfred Russel Wallace, who Darwin beat to the punch on publishing a theory of evolution:

If this [scientific investigation of tropical ecosystems] is not done, future ages will certainly look back upon us as a people so immersed in the pursuit of wealth as to be blind to higher considerations. They will charge us with having culpably allowed the destruction of some of those records of Creation which we had it in our power to preserve; and while professing to regard every living thing as the direct handiwork and best evidence of a Creator, yet, with a strange inconsistency, seeing many of them perish irrecoverably from the face of the earth, uncared for and unknown.

Still timely after 145 years.

The second quote is just alarming on multiple levels:

Every year, then, most blue tits die.

Egad.

Entry Filed under: Environment,Quotes,Science


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