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Fri 10 Jun 2005

"God" under the microscope.

Category : Singapore Naturalist

Alvin recalls a memorable Earth Day many years ago when we introduced the secrets of rainforest diversity and ecology to a group of young, energetic and vociferous secondary school students on Bukit Timah hill.

I can still remember how they enthusiastically embraced everything we shared with them, right down to the scientific names of the plants, determined not to let any tongue twister defeat them, chorusing with relis, names like Campnospermum auriculatum!

In the end we taught them the names of more than 10 plants instead of just the usual five. After more than 15 years of nature guiding, this joyful group (led by two AMP volunteers) remains a significant memory to this day.

An Earth Day to treasure.

And they embraced the session. Evolution and other aspects of nature related by two (relatively) hard-nosed biologists that morning simply celebrated their belief in God all the more.

"one Malay girl shared with me that she had done this science experiment in class, but for her, looking at the teeming microbial life in the slide, she had seen "God" under the microscope. "

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