Posted by: r.m. | January 13, 2009

Assumptions…

I said in ecology yesterday: “assume” makes an ass out of you and me. (Thank you big brother for that gem you told me many moons ago.)

Here’s a brilliant – albeit quite sad – example of recent assumptions: cats, birds, and rabbits in Australia


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  1. Because scientists “assumed” that introducing cats will limit the mice and rats populations without “assuming” the consequences, many subsequent “assumptions” (and again wrong assumptions) were necessary: introduction of rabbits, then myxomatosis, followed by the assasination of all cats….
    Honestly, I don’t blame any scientist for all that damage but I think it’s the mistake of the shooters of seals and penguins. Scientists at least worked with a good intention while the animals’ killers thought of fur and blubber!

  2. Just because of one assumption, so many things went wrong.Wow. Now i know how important it is to make the right assumption. I guess the good thing is that the assumption was made with good intentions. But Serge is right: the hunters are to really blame,not the scientists.

  3. all because of one assumption! thats horrible! still no one can blame the scientist. i know that they caused a lot of damage but they were trying to help and with no tryin we could never have reached were we are right now.scientist have done what was done because they thought it would serve for the good. what is to blame are the hunters and our governments. hunters because they are killing the nicest sweetest animals alive just for a bit of money, and our governments because they are not putting these hunters in jail and restricting hunting activities. and im sorry to say”our wealth is always written with blood”.

  4. well they tried something at least…their mistake is a big one but the scientists are trying to help us and the first assumption always has another one after it so be ready for the next one maybe its better😀 and i also agree with what May Salameh said.
    Sally El-Koussa
    Evsc 100

  5. Well everyone does mistakes..we can say that they were trying to help and they did it in a wrong way…Also further studies can save the island i think…

  6. I do understand that scientists had good intentions and that they were trying so save the bird populations, but still that doesnt give them the right to come up with such an assumption. i mean what was their assumption based on?? if they’re saying that the balance of Mother Nature is so delicate to interfere with, then their assumption should be more close to being real and existent than being a postulate.

  7. It’s not wrong at all to come up with assumptions, but when dealing with such an environmental issue, our actions should be based on something of a higher level than an “assumption”. Such an action as erradicating cats populations should have been based on some kind of experiment and conducted on a microcosm.

  8. It’s not wrong at all to come up with assumptions, but when dealing with such an environmental issue, our actions should be based on something of a higher level than an “assumption”. Such an action as erradicating cats populations should have been based on some kind of experiment and conducted on a microcosm.

  9. Don’t forget that the dynamic of Science and scientific progress is nothing else than “trial and error”. So wrong assumptions, and consequences they engender, are just part of the price to pay…


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