Original NZ mammal & forest (Was Re: Clear-cut)
dvank at michweb.net
Tue Feb 8 22:46:18 EST 2000
Owen McShane wrote:
> DVK wrote:
> > Brian Sandle wrote:
> > > Bats are our only original mammals in NZ. What functions do they have?
> > The same as sheep (talk about modifying the natural landscape!) : )
> > Regards.
> In this context it is unwise to talk of a species having a function. It
> implies there is some great watchmaker who has designed a system in
> which bats do this and dogs do this and lions do that. In fact bats or
> anything else occupy an ecological niche. And if they don't something
> else will. The new evolutionary science is trying to take more care with
> the use of such words. For two long our language has endorsed the great
> watchmaker view of the world or the idea that evolution is deterministic
> and driven to end up with humans at the top of some biological tree. We
> are simply on end of a branch of high complexity.
> Bats have no function. They just are. Similarly it is not the function
> of possums to top feed off our trees. They just do.
er, yeah . . .
isn't that what I just said?
> Owen McShane
> Kaiwaka, Northland, New Zealand.
> Publisher of Straight Thinking Magazine
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