Marston Bates Quotes
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We have come to look at our planet as a resource for our species, which is funny when you think that the planet has been around for about five billion years, and Homo sapiens for perhaps one hundred thousand. We have acquired an arrogance about ourselves that I find frightening. We have come to feel that we are so far apart from the rest of nature that we have but to command.
The world of organisms, of animals and plants, is built up of individuals. I like to think, then, of natural history as the study of life at the level of the individual — of what plants and animals do, how they react to each other and their environment, how they are organized into larger groupings like populations and communities.
There has, in fact, been so much contact through migrations and other types of population movements, that the anthropologists are unable to come to much agreement in attempts to classify man into subspecies (or races). Their problem is much like that of the botanists faced with the North American blackberries.