To: "Scott O'Keeffe" <>
Subject: science
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2001 13:32:31 +1030

What a terribly narrow view !
 If that's all you really see it as I feel sad for you because you seem to
be missing a point.
Of course science is important, but not everyone has scientific (or career
or conservation ) imperatives driving them along.
Some people birdwatch, twitch, atlas ( murky differentiations in there ) for
sheer joy of seeing birds, for the enjoyment of being out in the natural
environment with friends and associates of similar interests. To devalue
this is to imply that these are worthless things providing no benefit to the
participants.  Believe me, they are what keep some people going,
contribution to science/conservation or not.

We all have our individual lives and roles to live. We should allow others
the right
to think and behave differently, there's no need to put them down for it.

BTW, I also collect stamps, and in my youth collected bus and train
numbers - great fun, great cameraderie, friendly competition and great human
interaction. Contribution to science? - not a relevant question.
Adelaide birding by 4WD
phone: 08 8337 5959

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