Children and Nature

Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations
Author: Peter H. Kahn Jr.,Stephen R. Kellert
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262250122
Category: Science
Page: 370
View: 3701
For much of human evolution, the natural world was one of the most important contexts of children's maturation. Indeed, the experience of nature was, and still may be, a critical component of human physical, emotional, intellectual, and even moral development. Yet scientific knowledge of the significance of nature during the different stages of childhood is sparse. This book provides scientific investigations and thought-provoking essays on children and nature. Children and Nature incorporates research from cognitive science, developmental psychology, ecology, education, environmental studies, evolutionary psychology, political science, primatology, psychiatry, and social psychology. The authors examine the evolutionary significance of nature during childhood; the formation of children's conceptions, values, and sympathies toward the natural world; how contact with nature affects children's physical and mental development; and the educational and political consequences of the weakened childhood experience of nature in modern society.

Nature, Culture and Gender

Author: Carol P. MacCormack,Marilyn Strathern
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521280013
Category: Social Science
Page: 227
View: 5325
Categories of analysis in the social sciences include the binary pair 'nature' and 'culture', as defined by western societies. Anthropologists have often imputed these categories to the world-views of non-western people and the construct has acquired the status of a universal. It has been further argued that culture (that which is regulated by human thought and technology) is universally valued as being superior to nature (the unregulated); and that female is universally associated with nature (and is therefore inferior and to be dominated) and male with culture. The essays in this volume question these propositions. They examine the assumptions behind them analytically and historically, and present ethnographic evidence to show that the dichotomy between nature and culture, and its association with a contrast between the sexes, is a particularity of western thought. The book is a commentary on the way anthropologists working within the western tradition have projected their own ideas on to the thought systems of other peoples. Its form is largely anthropological, but it will have a wide appeal within the social sciences and the humanities, especially among those interested in structuralist thought and women's studies.

La nature sacrée de l'être humain

Author: Mª Ángeles Carretero Casar
Publisher: ExLibric
ISBN: 8416848211
Category: Self-Help
Page: 284
View: 7071
Ce livre est un voyage de découverte vers notre intérieur, savoir qui nous sommes et ainsi réveiller la magie qui est en nous. “Si tu te sens bien, tout autour de toi se porte bien”. Tout dépends de nous même, des décisions que nous avons prises ou pas prises. Faisons de notre vie une aventure avec une fin heureuse. Grâce à nos experiences vécues et à notre mémoire cellulaire, tous les être humains vivent en apprentissage continue. Ce livre vous aidera à prendre conscience de cette évolution personnelle et spirituelle. Nous vivons un moment crucial de notre vie et nous devons prendre des decisions grâce à des perspectives nouvelles et différentes afin de trouver la meilleure solution à des situations ordinaires. Ouvrez votre esprit et sentez les energies des mots qui pénètrent peu à peu dans votre intérieur, et qui sèment peu à peu les fleurs de notre croissance intérieure. “Je suis mes expériences, mes efforts, mes pensées et mon oeuvre est mon aventure et ma réalité. Tout fait partie de l’Unité Universelle, il est nécessaire de sentir les émotions à l’unisson avec notre âme car sans experimenter il est impossible de comprendre et d’accepter.”

The sacred nature of the human being

Author: Mª Ángeles Carretero Casar
Publisher: ExLibric
ISBN: 8416848041
Category: Self-Help
Page: 284
View: 3941
This is a journey of discovery inside of ourselves, to know who we truly are and to be able to awaken the magic inside of us. "If you are okay, everything around you will be okay." Everything depends on ourselves, the decisions we make or the decisions we do not make. We can make our lives into an adventure with a happy ending. All human beings are constantly growing due to our experiences, our adventures, and our cellular memories. This book will help us to become aware of our personal and spiritual evolutionary growth. We are at a crucial point in our lives and we must make decisions based on new higher perspective to find the best solutions to every ordinary situation. Open your mind and feel the energies of words that penetrate you little by little and plant the seeds that will blossom into growth. "I am my experiences, my efforts, my thoughts and my Work is my adventure and reality. Everything is part of the Unity of the Universe, we must feel the sensations connecting with our soul, without experiencing it, it cannot be understood or accepted.

Dufief's Nature Displayed in Her Mode of Teaching Language to Man

Author: Don Manuel De Torres, L. Hargous
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 2475

The Nature of War in the Information Age

Clausewitzian Future
Author: David J. Lonsdale
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714655468
Category: History
Page: 269
View: 1614
There has been a great deal of speculation recently concerning the likely impact of the 'Information Age' on warfare. In this vein, much of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) literature subscribes to the idea that the Information Age will witness a transformation in the very nature of war. In this book, David Lonsdale puts that notion to the test. Using a range of contexts, the book sets out to look at whether the classical Clausewitzian theory of the nature of war will retain its validity in this new age. The analysis covers the character of the future battlespace, the function of command, and the much-hyped concept of Strategic Information Warfare. Finally, the book broadens its perspective to examine the nature of 'Information Power' and its implications for geopolitics. Through an assessment of both historical and contemporary case studies (including the events following September 11 and the recent war in Iraq), the author concludes that although the future will see many changes to the conduct of warfare, the nature of war, as given theoretical form by Clausewitz, will remain essentially unchanged.

Nature-based Tourism in Peripheral Areas

Development Or Disaster?
Author: Colin Michael Hall,Stephen W. Boyd
Publisher: Channel View Publications
ISBN: 9781845410001
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 281
View: 4631
Nature-based Tourism in Peripheral Areas provides a comprehensive examination of this form of tourism development as it occurs within alpine, forest, sub-polar, island, coastal and marine environments. This book goes beyond much of the debate surrounding ecotourism and the impacts of tourism in vulnerable environments to place nature-based tourism in a wider regional context, particularly when for many peripheral regions tourism remains one of the key opportunities for economic development. Therefore, a central theme that is present throughout many of the chapters is the role that nature-based tourism can play as the catalyst for larger regional development of regions. The book will serve as essential reading to senior undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in tourism and related degrees where the major focus is on tourism that occurs within peripheral regions. It will also serve as a key reference to researchers and professionals interested in the role of tourism as a regional development tool.

The Balance of Nature?

Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities
Author: Stuart L. Pimm,S. L. Pimm
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226668307
Category: Nature
Page: 434
View: 3442
Why "the balance of nature"? Resilience. Temporal variability and the individual species. The effects of food-web structure. The variability of the environment. Nonlinear dynamics, strange attractors, and chaos. Extinctions. Species differences and community structure as explanations of why introductions fail. Patterns in species composition. Food-web structure and community persistence. Community assembly; or why are there so many kinds of communities? Small-scale experimental removals of species. Food webs and resistance. Changes in total density and species composition. The consequences of introductions and extinctions. Multispecies models and their limitations. Conclusions and caveats.

Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the Western Hemisphere

Convention Between the United States of America and Other American Republics. Opened for Signature at the Pan American Union at Washington October 12, 1940; Signed for the United States of America October 12, 1940. Proclaimed by the President of the United States April 30, 1942. And Annex
Author: Committee of Experts on Nature Protection and Wild Life Preservation in the Western Hemisphere
Publisher: N.A
Category: Natural monuments
Page: 77
View: 3701

Race, Nature, and the Politics of Difference

Author: Donald S. Moore,Jake Kosek,Anand Pandian
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822330912
Category: Social Science
Page: 475
View: 715
How do race and nature work as terrains of power? From eighteenth-century claims that climate determined character to twentieth-century medical debates about the racial dimensions of genetic disease, concepts of race and nature are integrally connected, woven into notions of body, landscape, and nation. Yet rarely are these complex entanglements explored in relation to the contemporary cultural politics of difference. This volume takes up that challenge. Distinguished contributors chart the traffic between race and nature across sites including rainforests, colonies, and courtrooms. Synthesizing a number of fields--anthropology, cultural studies, and critical race, feminist, and postcolonial theory--this collection analyzes diverse historical, cultural, and spatial locations. Contributors draw on thinkers such as Fanon, Foucault, and Gramsci to investigate themes ranging from exclusionary notions of whiteness and wilderness in North America to linguistic purity in Germany. Some essayists focus on the racialized violence of imperial rule and evolutionary science and the biopolitics of race and class in the Guatemalan civil war. Others examine how race and nature are fused in biogenetic discourse--in the emergence of "racial diseases" such as sickle cell anemia, in a case of mistaken in vitro fertilization in which a white couple gave birth to a black child, and even in the world of North American dog breeding. Several essays tackle the politics of representation surrounding environmental justice movements, transnational sex tourism, and indigenous struggles for land and resource rights in Indonesia and Brazil. Contributors. Bruce Braun, Giovanna Di Chiro, Paul Gilroy, Steven Gregory, Donna Haraway, Jake Kosek, Tania Murray Li, Uli Linke, Zine Magubane, Donald S. Moore, Diane Nelson, Anand Pandian, Alcida Rita Ramos, Keith Wailoo, Robyn Wiegman

Dufief's Nature Displayed in Her Mode of Teaching Language to Man; Or, A New ... Method of Acquiring a Language ...

Author: Nicolas Gouin Dufief,L. Hargous
Publisher: N.A
Category: Spanish language
Page: N.A
View: 5135

Nature and Society

Anthropological Perspectives
Author: European Association of Social Anthropologists. Conference
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415132169
Category: Social Science
Page: 310
View: 2133
The contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives and emphasize the problems posed by the nature-culture dualism.

Dufief's Nature displayed in her mode of teaching language to man: adapted to the Span. by M. Velasquez de la Cadena, L. Hargous and M. de Torres

Author: Nicolas Gouin Dufief
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 2875

The Intrinsic Value of Nature

Author: Leena Vilkka
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042003255
Category: Science
Page: 168
View: 2608
What is intrinsic value? What is the origin of value? Are people always superior to nature? This book is a philosophical analysis of the human relationship to the non-human world. It is a pioneering study of the philosophy of nature-conservation in relation to the discussion of intrinsic value. Vilkka develops a naturalistic or naturocentric theory of value that is based on ethical extensionism and pluralism. Vilkka analyzes natural values and environmental attitudes: zoocentrism, biocentrism, and ecocentrism. This book forms a taxonomy for nature having intrinsic value. The theory of intrinsic value is based on naturocentric and naturogenic values. The book questions the thesis of weak anthropocentrism that denies the existence of naturogenic values. In Vilkka's theory, animals and nature are the origin of value. She defends the existence of zoogenic and biogenic values in the non-human world and discusses the possibility of ecogenic value, nature as a whole having value independent of human or animal minds. Vilkka analyzes the goodness and rights of nature, the problem of priorities, and ecological humanism. A naturocentric recommendation is that the well-being of animals and nature should have priority over human values at least in some real decision contexts. Ecological humanism recommends an attitude of respect for people, animals, and nature. The book includes an extensive glossary, index, and bibliography.

Against Nature

The Concept of Nature in Critical Theory
Author: Steven Vogel
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791430453
Category: Philosophy
Page: 225
View: 8520
Against Nature examines the history of the concept of nature in the tradition of Critical Theory, with chapters on Lukacs, Horkheimer and Adorno, Marcuse, and Habermas. It argues that the tradition has been marked by significant difficulties with respect to that concept; that these problems are relevant to contemporary environmental philosophy as well; and that a solution to them requires taking seriously--and literally--the idea of nature as socially constructed.

Literature of Nature

An International Sourcebook
Author: Patrick D. Murphy,Terry Gifford,Katsunori Yamazato
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781579580100
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 490
View: 1665
First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Theories of Human Nature - Third Edition

Author: Peter Loptson
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1551116537
Category: Philosophy
Page: 300
View: 8952
This book explores the idea of human nature and the many understandings of it put forward by such diverse figures as Aristotle, Rousseau, Marx, Freud, Darwin, and E.O. Wilson. Each chapter looks at a different theory and offers a concise explanation, assessing the theory’s plausibility without forcing it into a mould. Some chapters deal with the ideas of only one thinker, while others (such as the chapters on liberalism and feminism) present a variety of different positions. A clear distinction is made between theories of human nature and the political theories which so often follow from them. For the new edition, Loptson has addressed the new developments in the rapidly expanding genetic and paleontological record, as well as expanded the discussion of the Christian theory of human nature by incorporating the ideas of the Marx scholar and social theorist G.A. Cohen. The new edition has also been substantively revised and updated throughout.

Second Nature

A Gardener's Education
Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 9780802198617
Category: Gardening
Page: 320
View: 6197
Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the seventy-five greatest books ever written about gardening, Second Nature has become a manifesto for rethinking our relationship with nature. With chapter ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn and a dispatch from one man’s war with a woodchuck to reflections on the sexual politics of roses, Pollan captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation.

The Decline of Nature

Environmental History and the Western Worldview
Author: Gilbert F. LaFreniere
Publisher: Academica Press,LLC
ISBN: 1933146516
Category: History
Page: 457
View: 3560
“No book could be more timely then The Decline of Nature. LaFreniere offers an in-depth analysis of the fundamental issues that must be faced if solutions for environmental crisis are to be found. His arguments are a refreshing alternative to the superficial policy proposals of politicians and the glib reporting of the mass media. — The Decline of Nature is a masterful critique of the stories that own us. LaFreniere's analytical effort is a veritable tour de force.” From the Foreword by Professor Max Oelschlaeger, Northern Arizona University “The virtue of his book is threefold: it ingeniously connects the latest findings of environmental science to the broad stream of cultural history; exposes the flaws inherent in western attitudes about nature, especially the destructive, providential "idea of nature; and revives the much neglected field of speculative philosophy of history” From an appreciation by Professor Klaus Fischer, author of “Oswald Spengler and the Decline of the West” and “Nazi Germany: A New History” “…Sweepingly brilliant!” Dr. J.Donald Hughes Description: This work is a radical rethinking of the key currents of intellectual and environmental history. The Decline of Nature is an account of Western attitudes and behavior toward nature, from the deforestation of Western Europe during the High Middle Ages through the Scientific Revolution and the technological exploitation of nature in the 19th and 20th centuries, and on to the Environmental Movement. The destruction of European and colonial ecosystems parallels the rise of modern mechanistic science and a science-based idea of progress which has been perverted by economic ideologies into a belief in unlimited development of nature-as-resources into the amenities of the consumer society. Ecosystems and species diversity have declined to isolated and shrinking remnants subject to further degradation due to global warming resulting from human intervention in global climate cycles. These massive changes will have a catastrophic effect upon evolutionary processes, mankind and the survival of the Earth. The Decline of Nature is an environmental history of ideas embedded in a compact account of Western civilization's ecological impact upon the planet, particularly in Europe and its colonies. The major thesis presented is the idea that two speculative philosophies of history (attempts to understand the meaning of history) and their associated worldviews have been largely responsible for destructive attitudes and behaviors towards nature. They include the idea of providence (i.e. the Christian worldview) and the idea of progress (the science and technology-based vision of unrestrained economic development and material accumulation since the 17th century). Some scholars understand the idea of progress as a secularization of the Christian millennium, the creation of a new Eden through science and technology.A third, alternative philosophy of history, the idea of history as multiple cycles of civilizations rising, flourishing, and declining, was popular in both classical Greco-Roman and ancient Asian civilizations, but was rejected by Western civilization until its revival during the Renaissance and in 19th and 20th century. Oswald Spengler's Decline of the West was the founding work of cyclical philosophy of history in the 20th century. Spengler, Arnold Toynbee, and other 20th century speculative philosophers of history have been criticized by postmodern philosophers for creating logically indefensible “grand narratives”. However, Spengler's mysterious cycles of civilization have found at least a partial scientific explanation in the new discipline of environmental history. Environmental degradation played a major role in the decline of ancient Mesopotamian, Greco-Roman, Mayan and Asian civilizations. Spengler was also perceptive in distinguishing the nature-destroying tendencies of humanity in general, and Western (Faustian) civilization in particular. This monograph reflects on the position of global societies facing environmental, social and economic destruction and the historical processes that have resulted in this crisis of both man and nature.Market: Environmental History, Environmental Studies, Intellectual History Release Date: 5/25/2008 Copyright: 2008 ISBN/Price: PAPER:1933146-51-6; $44.95 Trim Size: 6 x 9 Pages: 457 Index: Yes Bibliography: Yes Illustrations: Yes CIP: Yes Publisher: Academica Press, LLC Box 60728 Cambridge Station Palo Alto,CA. 94306 Contact: Robert Redfern-West (650)329-0685;[email protected] See our website for more information: www.Academic

Privatizing Nature

Political Struggles for the Global Commons
Author: Michael Goldman
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745313054
Category: Commons
Page: 257
View: 1273
'An easily read book illuminating the multifarious process of environmental degradation, as well as the motley social movements, especially on a grass-root level, resisting the privatisation of common resources and ecological degradation on both a local and global level.' Capital & ClassTackling the key themes - such as the convergence of environment and social justice, global commodities, and the role of social movements - the contributors draw on examples from the Amazon, Mexico, Cameroon, India and the industrialised North.