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Nature: Chapter Three

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Beauty A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of Beauty. The ancient Greeks called the world {kosmos}, beauty. Such is the constitution of all things, or such the plastic power of the human eye, that the primary forms, as the … Read More

Nature: Chapter Two

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Commodity Whoever considers the final cause of the world, will discern a multitude of uses that result. They all admit of being thrown into one of the following classes; Commodity; Beauty; Language; and Discipline. Under the general name of Commodity, I rank all those advantages … Read More

Nature: Chapter One

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Nature To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. … Read More


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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 In 1832, Emerson resigned his position as minister of Boston’s Old North Church. He traveled in Europe and read widely. The fruit of his reading and travel can be seen in his conversion to the philoshy known as Transcendentalism. In Nature, published in 1836, he … Read More

Kyoto Protocol

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February 16, 2005 Kyoto Protocol comes into effect. Almost all countries in the world are now pledged to reduce the emission of gasses that contribute to global warming.

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