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  • Catherine Podojil

    Hi, pattrice,

    A bit off topic, but not really: My education in vivisection, like, I suspect, many in our movement, focused on primates, dogs and cats, and of course rats and mice. I have been astonished to find in what in other areas is a most liberal magazine – Harpers – an end page called “Findings,” which lists a variety of facts deduced from the capture, containment, experimentation upon and otherwise invasive study of everything from mites to starfish, from worms to crickets. Dear god, is there no population in the natural world that is safe from human invasion? Apparently not. Thanks for the bug lesson. Who was it who said that God must have loved beetles because he(sic) made so many of them.

  • It was biologist J. S. B. Haldane who allegedly said that if a supreme being was responsible for the creation of the world, then he must have had “an inordinate fondness for beetles.” I’ve always believed that Haldane must have had insects in mind when he said that “the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, it is queerer than we can suppose.”

  • Greta Gaard

    Coincidence, perhaps, but just this weekend I was talking with another eco-friend who was reading “The Voice of the Infinite in the Small: Re-Visioning the Insect-Human Connection” by Joanne Lauck. The book came out in 1998 and parts of it (I only skimmed it) seem a bit, uh, “woo-woo” while other parts are more grounded. Your very grounded posting here pays attention to what can be observed, and speculates about what can be possible, inviting us to do the same. It opens our world of connections.

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