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Habitat selection a basic principle of organic

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Unformatted text preview: adapt to any new environments. In contrast, naturalists believe that humans have perfectly adapted to our environment through millions of years of evolution, but that we are now rapidly destroying that environment. Our genes prescribe that we can be happy only when we live in our original, natural environment. Habitat selection, a basic principle of organic evolution, states that species prefer and gravitate to the environment in which their genes were assembled. Thus, we are completely dependent on our environment, including other species, and we must take steps to preserve the ecosystems that support us xi. Exemptionalists argue that technology can provide a substitute for nature. However, scientists and engineers have tried to build a closed, self-supporting system and failed miserably. Biosphere 2 taught us that we cannot engineer sustainable life support systems for human communities; only earth and its ecosystems can keep us alive. Biosphere 2 is a 3-acre structure built in Oracle, AZ between 1987 and 1991. Scientists designed it to be a sustainable, self-contained ecosystem that could support...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2014 for the course SUST 510 taught by Professor Marker during the Fall '14 term at Black Hills State University.

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