We cull horses, kangaroos and other species because their populations are so large they damage the environment, yet we are a million times worse. Sometimes I wish there was a global pandemic to kill us all and restore some balance to the beautiful world we continue to destroy.
I had the most mind blowing lecture today in my Conservation Bio class about “species redundancy”
"The concept of ‘species redundancy’ (or ‘ecological redundancy’) has recently been applied to community and conservation ecology. The suggestion is that, in some communities, some species are ‘redundant’, i.e. they could be lost without much effect on the structure and functioning of the whole community"
My lecturer then went on to say that sometimes if 2 species are endangered its necessary to pick the less redundant species to save.
Whilst I understand the logic behind the idea, I think the major flaw is the assumption made by human beings that we actually have the ability or right to choose if a species is “redundant”. Communities are so complex I believe it would be impossible for anyone to be informed enough to make that kind of decision. What if you choose the wrong species? Dont they all have the right to survive?
I went and talked to my lecturer afterwards about it. to which he said (all Yoda like)
"you’re assuming that everything was perfectly evolved, and Im not saying it is, it might be, but then again it might not be"
and thus sent me into a thought spiral.
One thing I do know is that Humans are redundant
The only ecosystem service we play is “screwing shit Up”
“Do I have nothing good left to say?
Do I need whiskey to start fueling my complaints?
People love to drink their troubles away,
Sometimes I feel that I’d be better off that way.”—City and Colour - The Death Of Me (via 20thcenturyboy)
Whenever a woman says, "I hate girls; they're catty bitches," a patriarchy fairy gets its wings.
why is a womans choice to not like women a win for patriachy? i thought that feminism was all about power and equality for women- is it not one of my rights to be able to associate with human beings who arnt so interested in shopping? I dont hate women, I dont hate anyone but i sure as hell would rather hang out with males than females because the truth is, the vast majority of females dont like what I like and we wont get on. does that mean i like patriachal society? no. it means I like to skateboard and make up crude songs with my guy friends. Power to ALL the people. not just ladies or gentleman.
On days like this I wish I was a florist or a pastry chef, making beautiful things all day and coming home to rest instead of a scientist, sitting at my desk at 11pm crying my eyes out over calculus and the massive pile of readings that need to be done by tomorrow and my loneliness.
science i love you but sometimes you are such a fucking asshole
"Have Ithaka always in your mind. Your arrival there is what you are destined for. But don’t in the least hurry the journey. Better it last for years, so that when you reach the island you are old, rich with all you have gained on the way, not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.”
When I have children I will write this in their high school graduation cards.
although I love third year the pre-honours “please pick me” brown nosing is really fucking shitting me. If i have to see one more person try and crawl up one of the lecturers asses I will literally vomit. there is that much name dropping and “oh I read your paper”ing and after lecture suck uping its ridiculous. I really dont feel the need to establish my intelligence every 5 seconds but Im worried that Ill pale in comparison to all these super sucker 1000’s. I should just leave a note on one of their desks
My name is Bianca and I sit in the middle and I’m listening to what you say and I understand it and 9 times out of ten when you ask a question i answer it in my head correctly and I think about things critically and I dont even think about sex in your lectures
Sorry I havnt sucked up to you face to face cause to be honest I find you terrifying but I really really really dig science and I really want this honours project
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”—Agatha Christie (via chrisanthemums)
I don’t think Malaysia realizes the value of their forests. Or they do and they don’t care. In addition to the above, they actively promote the conversion of tropical rainforest into palm oil plantations. I’ve had a tour guide tell me all about their lush and beautiful palm oil “forests”. More like face palm, Sir.
THIS breaks my heart. I travelled to Borneo 6 months ago and fell so completely utterly in love with everything about it- minus the immense irreversible environmental damage that is being inflicted by an ignorant government. This is all about education. The people of Borneo who knew what was happening and understood the valuable ecosystems (and eco-tourism dollars) they were losing were outraged. People have power! The Amazon was saved from the disgusting dictators of death who wanted to flood hectares of pristine forest and drown entire cultures because of the action of people like us. It needs to be done again.
I love his handwriting. the characteristic bottom to top print of a lefthander, his mathematicians x’s. his d’s which are often almost indistinguishable from his o’s, his halfassed m.
I love the face he pulls when I make no sense and the the twitch of his nose that means no.
I love his single syllable laugh. an eyes closed, shoulders to his ears “huah” and the extended “ahhhh————-uuuhm” noise he makes (often accompanied by a finger pointed in my direction) when he has something to say to me but hasnt stopped thinking about it yet.
I love his capsicum breath and kisses that tingle and his hilarious “food stylings” which im sure are a genuine attempt at making food look beautiful (but 9/10 result in a kebab looking like a microphone after he has shoved an entire mushroom on the end for presentation.)
I love all the things he does that make me think “fuck this guy is weird” and i kind of love how i sometimes catch (and promptly stop myself) from doing them. I love the red in his beard when it grows too long. I love the absence of freckles on his face. I love his face. I love him.