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By Jon Young, Tiffany Morgan
Deals specialist guideline and in-the-field recommendation for the amateur and skilled tracker.
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Darwin wrote, I am convinced that the whole economy of nature, with every fact on distribution, rarity, abundance, extinction, and variation, will be dimly seen or quite misunderstood. 2 What is of importance here is that both Darwin and Haeckel recognized how essential it is to study organisms in the context of their abiotic (nonliving) and biotic (living) environments. C. (“Before Charles”) 41 in this view was that nature was “balanced” and thus the economy of nature was the formal study of such balance.
This rationalistic approach to acquisition of information spread rapidly throughout the Greek empire. Anaxagoras, who lived around 450 bc, taught that the Sun and other stars were distant orbs, giant rocks hot with fire, and that the light of the Moon was actually reflected sunlight. Eratosthenes, born around 276 bc, used trigonometric methods to produce an elegant measurement of the circumference of the Earth accurate to within a few percent, a remarkable achievement for that time. Hipparchus, born in Ionia circa 190 bc, worked out a mathematical model for the motion of the Sun (still presumed to orbit the Earth) that Ptolemy later used unaltered in his monumental (and incorrect) Almagest.
Oral traditions do not lead to science in any historical sense. It is too easy to forget or change words when only memory allows their recall. And it is very hard to do mathematics without writing it down somewhere. Given how importantly math skills factor into most of science, it becomes obvious that science had to await the written word. The skill with which shamans do their work demonstrates that science is not the same as technology. It is possible to invent technology by trial and error (as in the precise, meticulous extraction of curare from certain vines), but doing so does not automatically lead to broad scientific understanding.
Animal Tracking Basics by Jon Young, Tiffany Morgan