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Defining science

In her essay “Impressions, Perceptions and the Real World,” (Other Voices, Feb. 11) Lisa Perry seems to claim the ability to define reality while denying that the planet is experiencing an unprecedented loss of species diversity. As I perceive them, true reality and the true facts contradict her diametrically.

It would serve the debate, I think, if we acknowledge first of all that we are deeply divided. On one side are those of us who hold that man has dominion over the natural world and every right to exploit its resources to the detriment of other species. On the other side are those who know that our species is an integral part of the natural world and that our survival depends on our honoring our interdependence with all other forms of life.

Perry closes her essay touting “science,” but I suspect that what she means is money-focused applied science that merely figures out how to extract the most profit from forests. Pure science, focused on truth, not profit, I think, clearly supports the position taken by Julia “Butterfly” Hill.

Kurt Volckmar


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