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Three Peas in a Pod

I was finishing up Hull’s book Infinite Nature tonight since I’ve been working on my paper this week and I definitely see a lot of similarities between Hull’s chapter 12 and Thoreau and Emerson’s essays. Hull speaks about people using nature in a relaxing way – in order to get away from the stresses of everyday life. This reminded me a lot of the things Thoreau spoke about in his essay. Hull writes about modern times, whereas Thoreau was writing about simpler times back when he was around, but both are making the same statements: Nature is soothing. Hull also gives many descriptions of nature that remind me of Emerson’s essay. Hull writes about being able to “smell the soil…, feel the cool breeze against your skin, hear the leaves rustle in the air, and watch puffy clouds float above a swaying canopy” (page 183). The description of this scene in nature reminds me of exactly the kind of scene one would read in Emerson’s essay. I just thought it was kind of cool how we were reading the last couple chapters of Hull’s book at the same time as reading the two essays by Emerson and Thoreau and how much all three tied in together.

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Early Scientific Exploration

Reading chapter 9 of Hull’s book was really interesting to me. I like when religion is brought into the topic, even if I don’t necessarily agree with everything that Hull writes (I’ve posted about this before). That being said, I thought it was interesting to read that a lot of the scientific experiments done in the early ages were performed with religious purposes in mind. People such as Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, and John Calvin all believed that nature and universal laws showed proof of intentional design. I don’t ever remember learning this as I’ve grown up either. Everybody now-a-days is so concerned with separating religion from education (and everything else for that matter) that we aren’t even taught that there were many religious reasons for scientific experiments. We’ve gained extreme amounts of information through these scientists and just to think that we may not have gained all of this information if some of them weren’t performing them for religious reasons amazes me. I know everybody is entitled to their own religious beliefs, but I am glad these scientists shared some of the same religious views that I do.

Amanda

The Land Pyramid

In Aldo Leopold’s The Land Ethic, I thought that the author made the use of land more understandable by using the analogy of comparing it to the food chain. Food chains, which are the heirarchies of the dependencies on food, are similar to the products of the land pyramid. Leopold describes the land as being a “fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals”. Although land does depend on all of living species to circulate the upward and downward slope of the land pyramid, it’s also dependent on the energy that is created through this heirarchial consuming and growth. Not sure if anyone else sees this, but this comparisson makes me see land as being a living species as well. Food chains are part of plant, animal, and human communities, just as land pyramids involve the community of soils, water, and living organisms. And going off of Hull’s chapter 11 in Infinite Nature, does this mean that the land deserves the same rights as we do?