Animals: From Mythology to Zoology (Discovering the Earth)

Animals: From Mythology to Zoology (Discovering the Earth)

Michael Allaby

Language: English

Pages: 209

ISBN: 0816061017

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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applies to every species. Animals, in Plato’s philosophy, cannot evolve. ARISTOTLE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVATION Plato’s Academy, located in an Athenian olive grove, produced many scholars. The most famous of them by far was Aristotle (– ...). He was born at Stagirus, a Greek colony on the Macedonian coast, the son of Nichomachus, the personal physician to Amyntas III, the king of Macedonia. His father died while Aristotle was a boy, and he was raised by a guardian. In about 

zoological research and conservation. Animals served as more than status symbols. They and their behavior provided moral lessons. This book describes some of the xii Introduction moral tales that were woven around animals in the Middle Ages. The authors of those tales had not visited the lands inhabited by the animals they described, so they had only the accounts of sailors and adventurers to guide them. Not surprisingly, many of their written descriptions and illustrations bore little relation

protect them. The hawk agreed, but as soon as the pigeons admitted him into their dovecote the hawk killed more of them in one day than the kite would have killed in a year. The moral? Beware that the remedy is not worse than the disease. One of the most famous of Aesop’s fables concerns a crow that had stolen a piece of meat and taken it to her perch high in a tree when a fox determined to take it from her. The fox flattered the crow, expressing admiration for her shape and plumage, but

Truth in the Sciences. This was an outline of a philosophical system he had been developing privately, and it was based on mathematics. Descartes was a skilled mathematician and recognized that since mathematical reasoning is the only known route to certainty all reasoning should employ mathematical methods. He based this on four principles: 3 3 3 3 The philosopher should accept as true only those assertions that cannot logically be denied—for example, “a father is older than his son.” Every

assert their belief that matter itself possessed the property of generating living beings. If they were right, it meant that far from being static, with everything—and everyone— occupying a preordained position in a hierarchy, the universe was unpredictable and constantly changing. It was more than a biological challenge; it was, quite literally, a revolutionary challenge to any idea of a static social order. Abraham Trembley was born in Geneva on September , , the son of a politician and

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