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ENVIRONMENTAL UNDERSTANDING: SACRED COWS NEED CULLING

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Attitudes towards the natural world are complicated by all sorts of preconceptions and out-dated ideas. Some of these arise from different interpretations of the same data, but others are hangovers from past debates in science, philosophy or religion. The result is a herd of 'sacred cows' which need drastic culling. I suggest that Francis Bacon's insistence that we should read both Books of God—of words (the Bible) and of works (scientific understanding)—is a key part of this process; it could provide a positive way of testing scientific and theological interpretations, and hopefully undergird progress towards a sensible basis for a robust environmental ethic.

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