There is so much I could say about Karen's latest post, but I will defer to her and Mr. Prosek. Here are a few quotes I like:
"I began to understand that species were less static than the fathers of modern taxonomy—those like Carl Linnaeus—once believed. That nature was static and classifiable was an idea perpetuated by the natural history museum (repository for dead nature), the zoo (repository for living nature), and the book (repository for thoughts and images related to nature). These mediums were all distillations of nature, what individuals of authority deemed an appropriate cross section to present to the public. None had adequately represented Nature—at once chaotic, multifarious, and interconnected."Needless to say I will be putting in an order. While I am at it, I may just buy a few of his other beautiful books for my son and I to read!
"Naming gives us the illusion that nature is fixed, but it is as fluid as the language used to describe it."
"I was conflicted—I loved the names that had first led me to recognize the existence of diversity (golden trout, Oncorhynchus aguabonita; blueback
trout, Salvelinus oquassa), but as I learned more I wanted to throw away the names, step beyond those constraints, in order to preserve a sense of wonder that I had felt from an early age."