Life Everlasting

Life Everlasting

The Animal Way of Death

Book - 2012
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"Bernd Heinrich receives a letter from a severely ill friend asking if he might have a "green burial" at Heinrich's hunting camp, and the acclaimed biologist/author sets out to explore exactly how the animal world deals with the death-to-life cycle and what we can learn from the process, both ecologically and spiritually"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547752662
Branch Call Number: 591.7 HEI 2012
Characteristics: xiv, 236 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Nov 15, 2017

The curiosity, childlike playfulness, compassion, and wonder that the author has is reflected and glows through every chapter. (And he is also a serious scientist!) I was most surprised by the mention of there being 84 000 chemicals in industrial use in the USA, one fifth of which has unknown environmental effects because the chemicals themselves are considered trade secrets (page 95); that means that one can invent a chemical (or just use an already known chemical), call it a trade secret, and never have to worry about environmental regulations (easy money!). I left out a couple of qualities: courage (would you pick up roadkill and put it in your yard to see how the birds and insects react?), and patience (would you be watching and counting and carefully noting the behaviors of insects?). Altogether it gives one encouragement to undertake such research oneself.

Ham625 Sep 03, 2014

Almost a religion. Profound.


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