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“Once, on ancient Earth, there was a human boy walking along a beach. There had just been a storm, and starfish had been scattered along the sands. The boy knew the fish would die, so he began to fling the fish to the sea. But every time he threw a starfish, another would wash ashore. "An old Earth man happened along and saw what the child was doing. He called out, 'Boy, what are you doing?' " 'Saving the starfish!' replied the boy. " 'But your attempts are useless, child! Every time you save one, another one returns, often the same one! You can't save them all, so why bother trying? Why does it matter, anyway?' called the old man. "The boy thought about this for a while, a starfish in his hand; he answered, "Well, it matters to this one." And then he flung the starfish into the welcoming sea.”
― Loren Eiseley, The Star Thrower


“There is nothing more alone in the universe than man. He is alone because he has the intellectual capacity to know that he is separated by a vast gulf of social memory and experiment from the lives of his animal associates.”
― Loren Eiseley, The Star Thrower


http://www.eiseley.org/Star_Thrower_Cook.pdf
        

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洛伦·艾斯利(Loren Eiseley 1907年9月3日 - 1977年7月9日),美国人类学家,教育家,哲学家和自然的科学作家,出版了从20世纪50年代到70年代的书籍。

Eiseley指出,作为一个“学者和作家的想象力和恩典”,这使他获得了远远超出了校园,他教了30年的声誉和成就的纪录。出版商周刊称他为“现代梭罗。”他的许多著作范围广泛认为是弗朗西斯培根爵士,史前人的起源,思想和达尔文的贡献等不同主题。 Eiseley的国家声誉,建立主要是通过他的书籍,其中包括巨大之旅(1957),达尔文的世纪(1958),怎么也意想不到的宇宙(1969),夜的国家(1971年),和他的回忆录中,所有(1975)奇怪的时间。科学作家奥维尔普雷斯科特称赞他作为一个科学家谁“能与诗意的情感,用惊奇和敬畏感罚款前写的生活和大自然的神秘。”自然生态作家玛丽埃朗皮茨看到了他的文学与自然的结合,他的著作“任务,而不是仅仅为了汇集科学和文学...但什么样的18世纪和19世纪英国自然学家和梭罗做了延续。”


wiki:

Loren Eiseley (September 3, 1907 – July 9, 1977) was an American anthropologist, educator, philosopher, and natural science writer, who taught and published books from the 1950s through the 1970s. He received many honorary degrees and was a fellow of multiple professional societies. At his death, he was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and History of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a “scholar and writer of imagination and grace,” whose reputation and accomplishments extended far beyond the campus where he taught for 30 years. Publishers Weekly referred to him as "the modern Thoreau." The broad scope of his writing reflected upon such diverse topics as the mind of Sir Francis Bacon, the prehistoric origins of man, and the contributions of Charles Darwin.

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#4  The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley             Go Back
LEAVING SEPTEMBER
BY LOREN C. EISELEY

If I have once forgotten on this field
The long light of the dusk, or far away
The sheep on tawny grass, how stones will yield
Small bitter puffballs, or a cricket stay
To wring wry tunes from emptiness and dearth,
Let me remember; let me hold them now
Close to the heart--while I upon the earth
Am the stone field and pain the heavy plow.
Not in wide measures is the harvest culled,
Not by disaster, nor by cutting hail
Is the loss seen, the grief in somewise dulled--
Being done at last. Ours is a different scale--
Leaving September stars and a little smoke
And memory tight as a lichen to an oak.


https://www.unz.org/Pub/AmMercury-1936sep-00090
        

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