Dealing with Complexity LO6508
Mon, 8 Apr 1996 07:34:52 -0400

Replying to LO6442 --

The "natural world" was 'doing its thing' long before and after
the dinosaur as well. I still find no distinction between natural
and human and find the distinction, in fact, distasteful.

How do you draw such a distinction? Lewin showed that apes use tools,
birds, bees, and beavers create buildings. All of these urinate in their
living environment. Chimpanzees take drugs and at least the one in
Ohklahoma smokes cigarettes and drinks Budweiser (beer).

IMHO, regarding mankind as anything other than natural is a dangerous
oversimplification than tends to *seperate* rather than *join*.

Hal Popplewell

In a message dated 96-04-08 05:27:09 EDT, you write:

>For me [with the gestalt of a geologist if there is such a thing] there is
>a natural world that has been doing its thing for 4.5 billion years and
>would go on doing it regardless of whether we [the species] were there to
>see it or not [which does not mean that what the natural world does in the
>future is independent of our arrival].


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