How to discuss the extinction of species in Canada without being racist is the subject of a new book by biologist and educator David W. Gellatly.
The new book is titled How to Deal with the Fear of Extinction: How To Talk About It Without Being a Racist.
In it, Gellattly examines how a handful of Canadian academics and journalists have used the term “extinction” to describe the end of the species and how it has been used to promote their political agendas.
Geller says that when it comes to the topic of extinction, the term has been hijacked by some in the political establishment.
“In the end, what they’ve taken is a word that’s not only historically accurate, but historically useful to the human race in general, which is the idea that we are the only ones who can save the world.
And so they’ve appropriated it to a whole bunch of things that are not only destructive to the world, but are also dangerous to our future,” he said.
In an email, Geller said he was not aware of any instances where he has heard of a scientist being labeled racist or insensitive.
He noted that there are plenty of examples of scientists who have taken an inclusive approach to their work.
“There’s a lot of things to be said about that kind of approach, and I think what’s important to remember about the extinction question is that it’s not just a question of whether or not you think a species is going to go extinct, it’s more broadly, and it’s a question about what it means to you to be a human being,” he added.
“We’ve had great progress in science, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it come to understanding human nature.”
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