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NICE Lecture Series: Is There a Balance of Nature? Was There Ever?

Posted on November 2, 2012

The Balance of Nature traces its philosophical roots to the ancient Greek thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle. Ecology, as it emerged in the 19th Century and matured in the 20th Century, assumed a balance of nature to be the case. However, observations and research did not support such an assumption. If, in reality, there is no balance of nature, what steps should be taken to assure the conservation of natural ecosystems on Earth?

Professor Kricher, who has taught courses in ecology at Wheaton College for over four decades, will discuss his recent book that examines why the balance of nature is a flawed concept and what implications such a view has for the future of conservation biology.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
  • Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Place: Hindle Auditorium
  • This event is open to the general public and the Wheaton Community and all are welcome to attend.

—Submitted by Judi Razee, on behalf of Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE). NICE is a collaborative effort of Wheaton College and EPOCH Assisted Living in Norton and is an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network. Visit: www.nicecourse.org for other course offerings.

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