This final essay will elaborate and examine your own experience of either nature or anti-nature, and compare it with those of the native Americans or early farmers we will be studying.
That our lives and present environments are products of nature is easy to acknowledge in theory, but harder to appreciate in practice. Most of us who live and work at a place like Stony Brook are, for most of waking hours, indoors, immersed in activities from studying to shopping to partying in which questions about nature hardly get asked. In the course of our daily lives, we find few reasons for noticing the nature that actually surrounds us, whether trees or squirrels or cockroaches, much less how natural lands, perhaps in a far corner of the world, may have yielded the materials that
make up those technologies, projects and places we take, generally, as man-made. This final essay will elaborate and examine your own experience of either nature or anti-nature, and compare it with those of the Native Americans or early farmers we will be studying.