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Dr Francis Seow-Choen is a world-renowned Colo-rectal surgeon in private practice in Singapore. He is often in demand as a speaker and demonstrator of all things related to his professional specialty. In spite of this hectic schedule and demand on his time, he still spends an inordinate amount of time trampling and understanding the creatures of our forests, especially those of stick insects and especially here in South East Asia.
He believes profoundly that this world can only be understood by a personal interaction with nature. “Too many people”, Francis laments, “understand nature only through the video screens of television and computers.” “This is not understanding. This is arrogance and this leads to a ‘Don’t touch! Don’t interact!’ attitude. When the natural world disappears, man’s soul dies and with it man as a creature of this earth. A lack of understanding leads to fear and avoidance of the feared object.” Dr Seow-Choen believes that documentation of what he encounters leads to a better understanding of these creatures. A better understanding leads to better appreciation. Better appreciation leads to a love for these things. Love is what sustains and keeps the world pristine for both nature and man.
Dr Seow-Choen is a man on a mission: to draw humanity and the natural world together. One cannot survive without the other. But together we can enjoy; sustain and nourish each other for a better world.