A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico (Peterson by Richard E. White

By Richard E. White

Particular descriptions of insect orders, households, and plenty of person species are illustrated with 1,300 drawings and 142 fantastic colour work. Illustrations - which use the original Peterson id approach to tell apart one insect from one other - contain dimension strains to teach the particular size of every insect. A priceless thesaurus explains the technical phrases of insect anatomy.

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The focus of HAS is the study of human-animal interaction. Ultimately, HAS asks: what can we learn about ourselves from our relationships with other animals? ”8 The editor restricts “human-animal studies” in important ways by asserting, “HAS is not biology or animal behavior. . ”9 Perhaps most revealing is the fact that in these passages the meaning of the word “animal” changes back and forth. In the phrase “humananimal studies,” “animal” works as a reference to nonhuman animals only. This is also true of how the word works in the phrase “animal behavior” (in other words, the behavior at issue is only nonhuman animals’ behavior, not that of human animals).

Like many ancient religious sources, the humanists recognized within the human spirit a deep fascination with the more-than-human natural world. It is worth noting that just as the lives of many people prior to the scientific revolution reflected personal fascination with other-than-human animals, so too such a fascination is fully evident after the changes wrought by our species’ remarkable scientific developments from the seventeenth century onward. Following the publication in 1859 of Darwin’s Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, other animals continued to rivet people’s imagination.

But a far more serious tragedy is that, by passing along this habit, we teach our children to commit the fallacy of misplaced community. This happens because this phrase and its kin implicitly distance our species from other-than-human cousins—thereby, our children’s worldview is anchored in a misleading, harmful dualism that we have inherited and now perpetuate. The domination of the “humans and animals” mentality includes more than its prevalence and political correctness in scientific circles, education, public policy programs, and mainline religious institutions.

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