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Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.

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Observe how things are connected, and how things act together. See the beautiful web.

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When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.

John Muir, July 27, 1869
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To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering

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The aim of science should certainly be to remove the mystery from natural phenomena, but not to take away wonder or that quality of nature which allows for the development and play of aesthetic appreciation.

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Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

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...gravitation of scholars' roles from passive appropriator of information to active provider of information by contributing directly into the common pool.

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We humans may be the smartest objects that ever came down the pike of life's history on earth, but we are outstandingly inept about certain issues, particularly when our emotional arrogance joins forces with our intellectual ignorance.

S J Gould, Natural History, Oct 1998
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...imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in - an interesting hole I find myself in - fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise.

Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people

"What's the use of their having names," the Gnat said, "if they won't answer to them?" "No use to them," said Alice, "but it's useful to the people that name them, I suppose. If not, why do they have names at all?"

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The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

Rachel Carson, 1962
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Science should be stripped of whatever tends to clothe it in a strange and repulsive garb; and every thing which, to keep up an appearance of superiority in its professors over the rest of mankind, assumes an unnecessary guise of obscurity, should be sacrificed without mercy.

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The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.

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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge

Bird articles to improve

There is a fair amount of primary research literature (not to be confused with primary sources) that is hidden, especially to Internet researchers. There are several field guides and one handbook for the birds of the Indian region and these works often lack citations to original sources possibly for want of space. Nearly all the recent bird guides are written without sufficient field effort or literature review, meant merely for quick identification by tourists and devoid of information on ecological aspects that might be important for resident researchers. The idea here (and hopefully numerous others will join in as they have done in other parts of the world) is to bring some balance and to review the available literature and make Wikipedia articles useful for researchers.

The tick indicates that key sources have been examined and incorporated into the Wikipedia article. There are always unpublished theses and expensive books like the HBW that may still need to be looked up. Those without ticks have not been reviewed. Regardless of the ticks, all articles can do with additional copy-editing, sourcing and updates. The species list below begins with the commoner birds although some rare and enigmatic birds jump the priority queue.

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