Not drowning, counting

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Subject: Not drowning, counting
From: "Paul Fennell" <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:06:28 +1000

It all seems a bit counter-intuitive to me







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From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Tuesday, 31 July 2012 9:50 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Not drowning, counting


You might have heard on Radio National this morning Dr Peter Doherty talking about his new book, and giving a big plug to bird-counting by amateurs as an important contribution to the science of ornithology.  In passing he mentioned the aphorism:  “All science is counting”.  This makes me slightly uneasy because it is a short step to “All counting is science”, a doubtful proposition, but entertained by some.  You need to count the right things, surely.  So many counters out there, so many things.

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