October 3, 2022

Balance of Nature: “Has the Disadvantage of Being Untrue”

I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the past 3 or 4 days and during that time I came across a very interesting quote. The quote comes from a man named Charles Elton, perhaps best known among wildlife biologists as the father of ecology.

“It is assumed that an undisturbed animal community lives in a certain harmony….the balance of nature. The picture has the advantage of being an intelligible and apparently logical result of natural selection in producing the best possible world for each species. It has the disadvantage of being untrue.”