The Nature-Study Review Volume 3

The Nature-Study Review Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...interest which is so powerful a holder and trainer of attention and Professor James is authority for the very sweeping statement that attention so held "makes experience more than it is made by it." Of the millions of items present to the senses he also says, "Only those items which I notice shape my mind." There is food here for reflection. Is it not time to disabuse our minds of the idea that anyone can teach nature-study? Ought we not to insist at least on breadth of mind, some knowledge of the field in its various branches, and a sympathetic love of both nature and the child? And again is it not also unwise for us to assert that the love of nature is the only thing we expect our course to cultivate in the child? There are other essentials which we may cultivate: --essentials to good citizenship, to broader knowledge, to finer personal.character, and to success in life. These things must hold our attention yet in the building we may gain an earlier, deeper, and more abiding love of nature which shall also include his fellow man. The tables outline only the organic field of nature-study, but the author does not mean to exclude the inorganic from practice. The development of man's tools takes us from bone or stone to bronze and steel. The first artificial source of warmth and light was from burning woods or oils, --now the source is from coal or electricity. The ox was at first one of the greatest sources of power, but the modern locomotive is the mightier. The inorganic enters the field of medicine, produces dye stuffs and flavors, and may yet enter the realm of foods. The study of minerals and of physical phenomena must have a share of the time devoted to our work; and they must not be treated as aliens but as closely more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236603273
  • 9781236603272