Wonders of the world
feb 13th, 2011 by Mikkel Stelvig

Just imagine the banner headlines if a marine biologist were to discover a species of dolphin that wove large, intricately meshed fishing nets, twenty dolphin-lengths in diameter! Yet we take a spider web for granted, as a nuisance in the house rather than as one of the wonders of the world. And think of the furore if Jane Goodall returned from Gombe stream with photographs of wild chimpanzees building their own houses, well roofed and insulated, of painstakingly selected stones neatly bonded and mortared! Yet caddis larvae, who do precisely that, command only passing interest.”

(Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, page 239)

Et af mine absolutte yndlingscitater. Richard Dawkins beskriver essensen af dilemmaet i moderne natursyn, hvor det kun er de dyr, der ligner os mest vi fascineres af. Men hvad med alle de andre dyr? Det er jo, som David Attenborough udtrykker det:

It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars.”

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