It struck me all of this biological diversity, all of these wonderful and amazing and alien things that other species can do, is like an extension of our own brains. There is so much imagination out there that we simply could not come up with on our own. We can think of [nature] as a pool of imagination and creativity from which we as humans are able to draw. And when we [drain] that pool we deeply impoverish ourselves: we are doing harm to our own ability to think and to dream.J B MacKinnon on RadioLab (here at 19'20")
Barry Lopez writes:
A politics with no biology...is a vision of the gates of Hell.
Image: Tiger Cowry by Susan Middleton via NYRB