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Nature Institute Perspectives

This series of booklets aims at re-enlivening our experience of nature and bringing new dimensions of responsibility to the world of human artifice and technology.

Nature Institute Perspectives #4, 2004, 104 pages

The Giraffe's Long Neck: From Evolutionary Fable to Whole Organism

Craig Holdrege

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This book provides a comprehensive picture of the giraffe’s biology and ecology and also discusses the complex and controversial issue of its evolution. It gives a unique portrayal of the giraffe while also exemplifying the Goethean approach to understanding animals and evolution.

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Nature Institute Perspectives #3, 2004, 74 pages

In the Belly of the Beast: Technology, Nature, and the Human Prospect

Steve Talbott

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From Odysseus to the Amazon jungle, from feeding chickadees by hand to the high abstractions of science — this book looks at the role of technology in human life and in the management (or mismanagement) of nature, and assesses our future prospects. You may find the insights it offers outrageous or revelatory, but you will never find them conventional.

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Nature Institute Perspectives #2, 2003, 65 pages

The Flexible Giant: Seeing the Elephant Whole

by Craig Holdrege

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This booklet gives a many-sided portrayal of this remarkable animal and, at the same time, introduces readers to the methods of a qualitative, holistic biology.

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Nature Institute Perspectives #1, 2003, 62 pages

Extraordinary Lives: Disability and Destiny in a Technological Age

Stephen L. Talbott

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Termed "a gem, a gift to humanity" by one reviewer, this booklet contains the remarkable stories of human beings who, in facing their own disabilities or encountering those of others, have developed unique spiritual qualities that enhance not only their own lives but also the lives of the people around them.

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