The Environment and Science: Social Impact and Interaction
ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 299 páginas
The Environment and Science: Social Impact and Interaction explores the history of how science investigates nature and how those studies both shape and are shaped by the social attitudes, philosophies, and politics of their times. It follows the changes in perceptions of the natural world and humankind's place in it from the European colonization of North America through the Industrial Revolution and westward expansion, to the rise of the consumer economy and the recent hardening of the ideological battle lines over environmental policy.
Coverage includes the emergence of ecology as a science and conservation as a movement, the long history of conflicts between business interests and environmentalists, and the role of scientific studies in debates over atomic and nuclear power, pesticides, toxic emissions, and other human-made sources of environmental degradation.
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Goldman's attitude toward the balance of nature signified an important shift in the
thinking of many scientists and naturalists . He maintained that , although
balance had long been considered a fundamental feature of nature , in the
In his view , civilized man had overturned the balance of nature by creating
artificial conditions . For this reason , practical considerations demanded that
humans assume effective control over wildlife everywhere . The Biological
Survey could ...
As demonstrated here , Goldman articulated an argument that the " balance of
nature " had been upset by decades of human settlement , and that to stop killing
predators would do nothing to restore the balance . He advocated continued ...
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