March 19 2013

12:00 LSB 2320

Harry Greene
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

Natural History, Aesthetics, and Conservation


The diversity of life on earth is under serious threats from multiple human-related causes, and science plays well-known roles in addressing management aspects of this problem. My presentation will describe how natural history also plays a vital role in enhancing our appreciation for organisms and environments, thereby influencing the value judgments that ultimately underlie all conservation. I will first explain how an 18th century philosophers distinction between beauty and sublime can be used in the context of Darwins notion of descent with modification, then illustrate this approach with frogs, rattlesnakes, the African megafauna, Longhorn Cattle, and California Condors.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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