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A High Uintas Bookshelf

In this column we’ll list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They aren’t necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, we’ll have an established and detailed reading list. It won’t be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.

So Human an Animal. Rene Dubos. Charles Scribner's Sons. 1968. Winner of the l969 Pulitzer Prize, this book will never be outdated. He warned us in 1969 that while we continue on and on with accumulating vast techniques to alter our world, we continue to have little knowledge about what we are really doing: ...we behave often as if we were the last generation to inhabit the earth. Then an even more ominous warning throughout the book is that, unfortunately, we simply continue to adapt to a more and more polluted and dysfunctional world, lowering our expectations and thinking all is okay. I read the book in 1970; in the corner is the price-$2.45!

"Ideasclerosis." David Orr. Conservation Biology, August 2000, pp. 926-28. By itself, this is an insightful piece. In conjunction with Dubos book , it tells of a remarkable dilemma as to why and what has happened in our culture that it takes so long for ideas that would assure our long term ecological survival to come to fruition; yet, why does the time between technological innovations steadily decline?

"Biological, Conservation, and Ethical Implications of Exploiting and Controlling Wolves." Gordon Haber. Conservation Biology, August 1996. A powerful, twelve page scientific discussion of why wolves simply can't biologically or socially tolerate even moderate hunting and trapping. Because of their high degree of sentience and crucially important social structure of the pack, it is imperative that ethical standards are every bit as important as biological standards when it comes to managing wolves.


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