Let me propose a new simple definition of ecology for now: ‘The study of the relations of an environment to plants and animals’. But since the simple divisions between plant and animal, and study and environment no longer hold in any simple way, an adapted definition could be: ‘the writing of relations that are an environment’. This ecology is one suited for a time when our second natures, miming on, lead us to a copy we cannot complete. We have an itch to become natural, to copy and so connect with what we see but cannot always be.
Ecology; connection; mimicry; Michael Taussig; environment; nature; plants; animals