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Response to RainDog (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:07 PM

4. Well,

the book is basically a narrative about how various species have gone extinct and our contribution to some of those extinctions. It's accurate, interesting and readable with bags of solid information. It's an interesting narrative, but not surprising for anyone aware of the issue. But throughout the book, she repeats over and over that every species that went extinct wasn't doing anything wrong. They were doing what they had evolved to do. At the end of the book she makes the point that of all the species that have existed, humans are the only species that can reflect on what we do and the impact we have of the world around us.

We didn't evolve to run fast or fly high. We evolved to be an agent of change and so far the change we are bringing about is a sixth mass extinction event. As George Carlin once said, "Maybe the planet needed Styrofoam." The irony is that if we don't use the skill-set that has allowed us to dominate and then change the planet to change ourselves, we are probably doomed as a species.

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