Re: Learning the earth system LO3794

james rieley (
Tue, 21 Nov 1995 17:27:14 -0600

Replying to LO3785 --

>I have always been bothered when I hear people say that human beings
>should not tamper with nature. Why? Human beings are a part of nature.
>We can't not tamper with nature. Nature tampers with itself and we are
>just part of that happening. I suppose the issue is the intelligence with
>which we participate in this and our awareness that it's going on..
>Whenever we think/act as if we are somehow separate from the nature that
>created us, we will inevitably create problems for ourselves--that is a
>false assumption. I like to say that "human nature is just the human form
>of nature."

Exactly. The very fact that we come into this world is a form of
"tampering." Our existance can either have a positive or negative effect
on what we call nature.

And by the way, in 1995, just exactly what is "nature?" It has been said
that nature is what has not been changed by man. Yet I am not sure what
if anything, that would include.

James B. Rieley
The Center for Continuous Quality Improvement
Milwaukee Area Technical College
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