Honest Ethology


Could I even begin to speculate on the possible breadth of their experience without engaging the inevitable human predisposition to deny them the significance of their complex lives, and the existence of their clearly exquisite emotions? Again, it became abundantly obvious that, as humans, we have no privileged access to reality.”

Ethology, in its pure and most honest form, is primarily an exercise in revealing the magnitude of how little we know about living things—the futile attempt to apply an empirical methodology to all that is abstract, subjective, qualitative, and undeniably mystical.

-Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch by Joe Hutto

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