Lessons from Nature

Author: Daniel D. Chiras

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559631066

Category: Social Science

Page: 314

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Citizens concerned about the environment are taking up the call for a new, sustainable lifestyle. "Lessons from Nature" tells us what sustainability really is, and how we can achieve it. Daniel Chiras brings the concept of sustainability to life, defining it in a variety of contexts -- economic, biological, political, and ethical -- and exploring creative, practical ways to apply the principles of sustainability to nearly all aspects of modern life.
The Lessons of Nature in Mythology

Author: Rachel S. McCoppin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476662008

Category: Political Science

Page: 225

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This examination of myths from around the world focuses on the role nature plays within mythology. Creation myths from myriad cultures recognized that life arose from natural elements, inextricably connecting human life to the natural world. Nature as portrayed in myth is unpredictable and destructive but also redemptive, providing solace and wisdom. Mythology relates the human life cycle to the seasons, with spring, summer, fall and winter as metaphors for birth, adulthood, old age and death. The author identifies divinities who were direct representations of natural phenomena. The transition of mythic representations from the Paleolithic to Neolithic period is discussed.
Lessons from Nature

Author: Kathy Roy

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532074714

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 104

View: 705

With our fast-paced, modern lifestyles, we often overlook the gifts nature offers. When we slow down, listen, and notice the natural world around us, we discover wisdom, guidance, and insight that can be applied to our everyday living. Many have described nature as a great teacher. When you look closely into nature, you encounter sacredness, mystery, awe and wonder. In Lessons from Nature, author Kathy Roy shares reflections and life lessons learned from observing the natural world. This compilation offers a treasure of inspiration and guidance for the heart and soul. “Lyrical and charming, Lessons from Nature, is a special book that will ignite magic in your life. Filled with the wisdom of wind, light, fire, and water, once you’ve finished this little gem, you’ll never see the natural world (or yourself) in the same way again.” —Cheryl Richardson, author of Waking Up in Winter
Lessons of Nature, from a Modern-Day Shepherd

Author: Don F. Pickett

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781546220152

Category: Religion

Page: 118

View: 147

We live in an environment that is comprised of both natural and artificial objects. The former is comprised of Gods creations, which manifest themselves in all their varieties in a state of perfection, order, and beauty, while the latter consists of creations of man, which exhibit the frailties and imperfections common to humankind. No occupation brings a person closer to nature than that of a shepherd. It was these humble, earthbound workers who, according to the Gospel of St. Luke, heard good tidings of great joy and saw this thing which is come to pass when called upon to witness the birth of our Creator. Shepherds live amid nature, entirely removed from the artificial world that unfortunately tends to occupy our attention. Shepherds place themselves in a position to clearly see what we might call the first law of nature, which is obedience, followed by a second law, which is that everything in nature has a purpose, including our own mortal existence. This simple book sets forth some of the great lessons of nature with each lesson beginning with a poem, symbolic of the harmony and rhythm of nature itself, as witnessed by a modern-day herdsman.
Eight Master Lessons of Nature

Author: Gary Ferguson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473558441

Category: Science

Page: 272

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'A classic' - Sir Tim Smit, Co-founder of the Eden Project 'I saw truth, I saw beauty, I saw a better future in these pages.' - John Lewis-Stempel For too long we have set ourselves apart from nature, seeing ourselves as superior, removed, independent. But in doing so we have lost sight of all that the natural world can teach us. In Eight Master Lessons of Nature, Gary Ferguson reveals the wisdom of the natural world. By keenly observing and admiring wildlife and their surroundings, he shows us why sympathy is our greatest asset and crucial to our survival, that feminine rule is default in the natural world, and how even from the ashes of destruction, life is still able to thrive. Written in rich and nourishing prose, Ferguson gently dismantles the walls we have erected between ourselves and nature, showings us the wonder of our surroundings in all their splendour. Drawing on stories from art and science, flora and fauna, philosophy and history, he carefully unravels the dazzling web of connections that binds us to earth and the rich supply of wisdom that is stored here. The result is a powerful and timely reminder of our place in this world, our interdependence, and how much nature is able to teach, heal and ultimately restore us.
Exploring the Power of Nonviolence

Author: Elavie Ndura

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815652533

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

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The new millennium finds humanity situated at critical crossroads. While there are many hopeful signs of cross-cultural engagement and democratic dialogue, it is equally the case that the challenges of warfare and injustice continue to plague nations and communities around the globe. Against this backdrop, there exists a powerful mechanism for transforming crises into opportunities: the philosophy and practice of nonviolence. The expert authors brought together in this volume collectively deploy the essential teachings of nonviolence across a spectrum of contemporary issues. From considering the principles of the French Revolution and encouraging peace through natural resource management to exploring multiculturism and teaching peace in the elementary classroom, this work is broad in scope yet detailed in its approach to the fundamental principles of nonviolence.
Mother Nature's Two Laws: Ringmasters for Circus Earth

Author: A D Kirwan Jr.

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789814493017

Category: Science

Page: 200

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Every day brings a fresh barrage of bewildering claims about science and technology. How non-scientists tell the difference between the hyperbole and those developments that are important? With a modest amount of critical thinking, an understanding of how science is practiced, and a qualitative understanding of the two most sacred principles in science — the first and second laws of thermodynamics — anyone can make the distinction. Critical thinking and the practice of science are not emphasized in undergraduate science courses for non-scientists, while exposure to the first and second laws is usually reserved for physical science and engineering majors. This book introduces non-scientists to these topics and provides detailed applications to a variety of topics. Contents:Mother Nature's Two Laws: What Are They and Why Must We Heed Them?The Faces of EnergyThe Faces of EntropyThe Scientific Protocol and Critical ThinkingE4: Energy, Entropy, Economics, EnvironmentGlobal Warming?Circus Earth Follies, Critical Thinking, and the Scientific Protocol Readership: General. Keywords:Entropy;Energy;First and Second Laws;Thermodynamics;Laws of Thermodynamics;Distinguishability;Critical Thinking;Scientific Method;Scientific Protocol;Negentropy;Global Change;Ben & Jerry's Ice CreamReviews:“This book provides excellent examples of scientific critical thinking and a significant bibliography as a starting point for further study. Highly recommended for general reading, and required reading for undergraduate science majors.”Choice