The Appeal To Nature Analysis

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Ever since the dawn of human life, humans have been trying to control everything. There is not a spot on the planet that hasn’t been affected by humans. With that being said, Bonnie Steinbock, the author of “The Appeal to Nature” also support the claim that humans is in control, she said, “All of human history is an intervention with the natural order in an attempt to improve our lives”. By virtue of the human intervention, what would usually deemed natural or unnatural seems to be little blurred as well. With that sense of control, humans would also want to control the existence of species if they are harming us. On that account, there is a classification of species that are responsible for over million human deaths per year. Ironically, the…show more content…
With the help of Vogel’s article, “Why Nature has No Place in Environmental Philosophy”, I was able to configure what is actually naturally okay in the lens of humans in the terms with modified mosquitoes. Vogel mentioned something important for the situation, “If humans are natural, then their burning fossil fuels would seem to be natural too, hard to distinguish in terms of naturalness…..from the activities other animals or plants or microbes engage in”, Vogel is questioning the naturalness of humanity here, he says what we create would be natural because we are natural as well. So that would seem like the genetically modified mosquitoes would be ok because it is humans’ creation. In a contrasting view, Michael Pollan also created an article about what is natural, “Why ‘Natural’ Doesn’t Mean Anything Anymore”, his main point is it is impossible to deem anything natural because nothing is actually left untouched by humans, I quote, “What is left of the natural that we haven’t altered in some way? We’re mixed up with all of it now, from the chemical composition ….. which has long since evolved in response to cultural practices we invented, like agriculture and cooking”. So the idea of what is natural is actually just bullshit because the planet is wholly humans’…show more content…
Since the planet does not have one area that hasn’t been touched by humans, not much would be actually left natural. It is bit hypocritical to call the genetically modified mosquitoes unnatural when we are also using fossil fuels for the manmade cars and such. On other side, the importance of the Aedes aegypti is utterly worthless as well. As I mentioned earlier, they do not have a place in the ecosystem expect to bite humans and transmitting diseases. Why would we try to keep the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes alive if their only purpose is to bite humans and production? Since humans have already intervened in multiple things, this may as well be one of them after all it is hugely beneficial to the humans
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