"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Agonising Decision -Rewild To Pre-European or Pre-Aboriginal Days

Our civilization started with a village economy where everyone contributed in their own way. The hunters provided the steaks and, at the risk of being called sexist ,the women and children gathered nuts and berries for the side salad. People who did not contribute meaningfully did not eat.We are now so far from the village scene that I gaze around at bureaucrats and researchers being paid large sums in our society and ask myself what would happen to society if that person did not do what he is doing . Mostly nothing. In the case of the writer and the protagonists of this article absolutely no one would notice because I have never seen such bovine excreta in all my life.
 Rewilding - eco-engineering to push Australian ecosystems back towards their natural state - would also see the Tasmanian devil reintroduced on the Australian mainland, where it died out only about 3000 years ago.

It all depends on the meaning of "natural"; whether the conservation goal should be to change ecosystems to resemble their pre-European states, or their pre-Aboriginal ones. Australian National University archaeologist Rhys Jones raised the point in his famous "Firestick Farming" paper in 1969: "Do we want to conserve the environment as it was in 1788, or do we yearn for an environment without man?" he asked.
 Enviro-babble - I yearn for an environment without writers of this tripe inventing words like rewilding.

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