Aboriginal Overkill...Environmentalism

Wed, 3 May 1995 09:08:09 PDT

Tom Rimkus correctly points out the culturally constructed basis of western
science. In terms of environmentalism, western science (mainly in the form
of conservation biology) is perceived to coincide with indigenous models for
understanding and interacting with the natural world. Environmental thought
would have us believe that the two systems are actually one and the same, and
that through "good" science (not the kind practiced by the Forest Service) we
have rediscovered successful models for human-nature realtions, models based
on ancient knowledge and wisdom.