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Yet another weird SF fan

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Real Biodiversity

The overwhelming share of biodiversity on this planet is found among bacteria (seen via BoingBoing). So why are we worried about spotted owls and snail darters?

We have trouble trying to get rid of Staphylococcus bacteria deliberately because bacteria can evolve faster than anything we can currently throw at them. I doubt if we can do anything more by accident.

Much of environmentalism is simply eukaryote chauvinism, the idea that the Ecology depends on passenger pigeons instead of on invulnerable bacteria.


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