Natures wonders: ecosystem under snow (Introduction)

by dhw, Wednesday, June 01, 2016, 12:41 (1501 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: Because of the many feedback loops that are inherent in ecology, loss of one species because of disturbances to the subnivium will have ripple effects throughout communities and through entire ecosystems. " (David's bold)

David's comment: Each key ecosystem illustrates the balance of life in nature. Note my bold.

Thank you for another great article. These natural wonders are an ongoing pleasure and education.

I doubt if anyone would question the claim that communities and ecosystems are one vast network of interdependencies. The problem arises when, in your preprogramnming versus dabbling mode of thinking, you use the term “balance of nature” to explain why your God had to personally “guide” billions of innovations and natural wonders - 99% of which are extinct - for the sake of producing and/or feeding humans. Fortunately, it seems that you are now coming round to the possibility*** that the whole higgledy-piggledy bush might have organized itself, and the “balance of nature” has continually changed because of this self-organization, while your God's role may have been confined to dabbling and guiding when he approved or disapproved or wanted to try something new.

*** Written before I had read you latest retraction under “protozoa”.

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