Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday's Nature Quote

photo by Alan Vernon. on Flickr
An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.
~ Aldo Leopold


  1. "consequences of science" is one sided, it really should be lack of a balanced education. Even the poorest people with little to work with and little science are over grazing, over fishing, over hunting, poorly farming the land because few people are giving them any useful options. You might as well say it is the consequences of people, tar everyone with the same brush, then maybe we might get somewhere.

  2. I interpret this quote differently than you do, Bob. I'm thinking Leopold is saying that science can reveal what is happening in a given environment, and then scientists can either decide their job is simply to record changes--or if they will speak up and raise an alarm to a community that doesn't want to hear it.