No naturalist has devoted more painstaking attention to the structure of the barnacles than Mr. Darwin.
The religious naturalist is provisioned with tales of natural emergence that are, to my mind, far more magical than traditional miracles. Emergence is inherent in everything that is alive, allowing our yearning for supernatural miracles to be subsumed by our joy in the countless miracles that surround us.ursula goodenough
My dog, by the way, thinks I have much to learn about partridges, and, being a professional naturalist, I agree.aldo leopold
We try to make ourselves worthy of a universe of which we are an infinitesimal part. We will not agree on what worthiness consists of. For the religious naturalist, it is a mix of cautious skepticism and celebration