Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Henry Thoreau and Science :: Literature Poems Ecology Papers
Henry Thoreau and ScienceThough best kn take in as a literary figure, Henry Thoreau showed a dogged interest in accomplishment. He read widely in the scientific literature of his twenty-four hours and published one the first learned discussions on forest succession. In fact, more or less historians rate Thoreau as one of the founders of the innovative knowledge of ecology. At the same time, Thoreau practically lamented sciences tendency to kill poetry. scientific writings coupled with his own careful observations often revealed life to him, simply in other ways rendered nature lifeless. contemporary Thoreauvians are excessively aware that science has largely acquire a tool for concur and increased consumption, rather than for the appreciation and protection of wild nature. This paper explores some of Thoreaus reflections on science and system, and presents his view of the comme il faut role of science in our lives. As will become clear, Thoreaus worries are occasioned b y his own scientific endeavors. His responses to sciences insufficiencies are reformist, suggesting ways to reform and supplement science rather than discard it. Why do scarce these objects which we behold make a world? Why has man well(p) these species of animals for his neighbors as if nothing but a mouse could have fill this crevice? Walden (1)IntroductionHenry Thoreau, like Goethe before him, showed a lasting interest in science. (2) He belonged to the Boston Natural History ordination from 1850 onwards, and read widely in the current scientific literature. Beyond this, Thoreau was intensely interested in the scientific puzzles suggested by his own rambles around Concord, Massachusetts. In the years following Waldens publication he observed more systematically and tested his hypotheses more rigorously, and published one of the first scholarly discussions on forest succession. Some historians rate Thoreau as one of the founders of the modern science of ecology. (3)At the sam e time Thoreau often lamented sciences tendency to kill poetry. The scientific writings of others and his own careful observations often revealed life to him, but at other times rendered nature lifeless. (4) Modern-day Thoreauvians are also aware of sciences role in the imperialistic conquest of nature. We love the wild, yet science has largely become a tool for control, commodification and increased consumption, rather than for the appreciation and protection of nature. (5) The proper role of science in human society and in our own lives is thus an important issue.This paper explores some of Thoreaus reflections on science and system.