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Archive for February, 2008

Muir and Milton

Posted: Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 @ 9:22 am in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Kay Milton makes a long and confusing argument about how humans perceive the environment. She focuses more on how people perceive nature rather than nature itself. Milton believes that people first have anticipations from nature, which they then perceive and modify through our thoughts. She argues against the constructionist model of nature that says humans […]

Bello, Whitman, and Sarmiento

Posted: Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 @ 9:21 am in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

All people have direct experiences with nature and the world around them; it is how they choose to view these experiences that defines who they are.  In Whitman’s work “Song of Myself” Whitman sees the beauty of the world around him, relishes in it, and sees himself as a better person because of nature’s direct […]

Cooper and Emerson

Posted: Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 @ 9:20 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cooper and Emerson

There are quite a few similarities between Emerson and Thoreau’s texts. They both view nature as something grand that ordinary men lack the ability to see.  They believe that a learned, insightful, well-read man can truly understand and appreciate nature. Emerson states, “It is this which distinguishes the stick of timber of the wood cutter […]


Posted: Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 @ 9:17 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thoreau

Thoreau’s outlook on life is from a simplistic perspective. He removes himself from the civilized society into the woods by Walden Pond to escape the falseness of the society he so despises. Despite this, he still realizes that he must interact with the civilized world, yet he does so minimally. He works a bean farm […]


Posted: Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 @ 9:14 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cronan

Cronan uses a lot of biblical references, which to me is a big mistake. All I will say of this point is that I do not believe in God, nor do I believe that the bible contains absolute truth so his incorporation of biblical references did nothing to persuade me. I think that Cronan’s main […]