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This review is from: The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World (Hardcover)Remember The Silent Spring? Rachel Carson set a pretty high bar. Those that followed may have stood on her shoulders, but few have seen farther--- until now. Let me put it this way: Everyone should read this book. The prose is so beautiful, the thoughts so original that I got tired of underlining. I literally could not read more than a page without wanting to reread what I had just read. To be clear, I did not drink the Kool Aid. Indeed, I strongly disagree with some of the author's comments---corporations are evil; deregulation is bad; we should be satisfied with less. Let's just say, those are opinions unsupported by his Main Argument: Everything is connected; these connections have evolved over millions of years; we are part of that interconnected system; our actions have consequences; it's time to stop destroying ourselves. It's a strong case, well presented. Maybe, this time, we'll listen.
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2011 5:13:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2011 8:34:31 AM PST
John Petralia says:
Do you think our legislators have finally accepted the scientific evidence around climate change? Then how to explain this. There is actually a bill (S.724) proposed by Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, MD disallowing the EPA to consider climate change as either a natural or man-made factor in determinations impacting endangered species. Unbelievable.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 3:32:33 AM PDT
F. Teixeira says:
I'm not so sure that I agree with your comment that the author's opinions on corporations, deregulation, etc... does not support the main message that we're connected with the natural world. The ultimate goal of our present financial structure is to generate money so that we can buy things, acquire property and feel secure. This model is for the most part in conflict with nature and especially so if greed becomes a driving force (I think it's safe to say that is a widespread force... not just a personal opinion). So, corporations base their success on the 'bottom line', therefore decisions are made to continue that growth. Deregulation is a great tool for those corporations to pursue that goal with ease, often times at the cost of abusing the extraction of natural resources, pollution, etc.. So as long as we have a structure in which the 'bottom line' is God, we will continue to be in conflict with the fact that we are a part of Nature. To the extent that, thanks to corporation financed advertising, most of us have even forgotten that fact!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2011 3:16:08 PM PDT
John Petralia says:
It's a question of balance between preserving the natural world and technological progress. Without profits, business would not have the ability to develop all the technologies that make our lives more productive. Without technologies, such as microscopes, telephones, computers, and mass spectrometers Professor Safina would not be so informed as he obviously is. Without profit, we'd all still be living as hunter gatherers. That might be great for the natural world, but not for most of the rest of us.
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