Ecology in essence, both as it relates to biology and as applied to any other system, is the extrapolation of your specific interested segment of the interconnectedness that underpins the subject. Those affiliated fields with which we strongly associate any one system, such as chemistry is to biology, are in fact only the strongest or most obvious of ties, but nevertheless exist alongside a connection with any other system or entity. To further increase our understanding of any one subject or field, it is necessary to examine those links with which it is inextricably tied, and this must be considered spatially as well as through time. Through this system of understanding we begin to (1) form a cohesive image of both what something is, and how it functions, (2) see that those are inherently paired, and (3) grasp how inextricable anything is from the influence of anything else. Though underpinned with data and constituting a hard science, ecology necessitates an empathetic viewpoint with which to aggregate the intrinsic and holistic connections throughout the systems.
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Ecophilosophy and the Parental Earth Ethics. H. Odera Oruka & Calestous Juma. In Philosophy, Humanity, and Ecology. African Academy of Sciences. pp. 115–129 (1994)
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