A Prickly Affair: The Charm of the Hedgehog by Hugh Warwick

By Hugh Warwick

Detect the numerous wonders of the hedgehog: a humorous, fascinating creature of the geographical region. wearing its secrets and techniques underneath patterned spinesand roaming our fields, parks and gardens, why is it that the hedgehog fascinates such a lot of people? In A Prickly Affair, Hugh Warwick - lifestyles member of the British Hedgehog renovation Society - explores the quirky humour, false impression and affection that characterises our emotions for this marvellous beast, going all out to give an explanation for the allure of the hedgehog. even though hedgehog psychics and the overseas Hedgehog Olympics will be an excessive amount of even for him...

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15 THE CHALLENGE TO SCIENCE A confrontation between these views has become unavoid­ able. For a long time this confrontation was postponed by con­ sidering irreversibility as an illusion, as an approximation; it was man who introduced time into a timeless universe. How­ ever, this solution in which irreversibility is reduced to an illu­ sion or to approximations can no longer be accepted, since we know that irreversibility may be a source of order, of co­ herence, of organization. We can no longer avoid this confrontation.

Isaiah Berlin has rightly seen in this question the beginning of the schism be­ tween the sciences and the humanities: The specific and unique versus the repetitive and the uni­ versal, the concrete versus the abstract, perpetual move­ ment versus rest, the inner versus the outer, quality versus quantity, culture-bound versus timeless principles, mental strife and self-transformation as a permanent con­ dition of man versus the possibility (and desirability) of peace, order, final harmony and the satisfaction of all ra- tional human wishes-these are some of the aspects of the contrast.

We believe that to some extent ever y language provides a different way of describing the common reality in which we are embedded. Some of these characteristics will survive even the most careful translation. In any case, we are most grateful to Joseph Ear ly, Ian MacG il vray, C arol Thurston, and especially to Carl Rubino for their help in the preparation of this English-language version. We would also like to express our deep thanks to Pamela Pape for the careful typing of the successive versions of the manuscript.

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