"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
-- Where Oh Where… --
I thought I should clarify that the post is really not a critique of Tanner (though I've been very critical of him at times). It's more about a mythology that predates and to some extent consumes him. It starts with Audubon and was reiterated by Hasbrouck. I do think Tanner was influenced by this mythology, especially in his surveys, treatment of reports, and in his later years. As a product of his times, he did buy into the "virgin forest"/frontier mythos.
Tanner frustrates me endlessly. His writing is opaque, and one has to read everything multiple times to get what he's really saying or seems to be saying.
Still, his own data provide the foundation for most of what I've discussed in the post, for the most part, and it's not his fault that people haven't read him closely enough.