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Nature itself is first and foremost a category of the human imagination, therefore best treated as a part of culture.' Discuss? This assignment is effectively based on the systematic branch of geography,

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Essay Title: 'Nature itself is first and foremost a category of the human imagination, therefore best treated as a part of culture.' Discuss? Total Word Count: 1655 words 'Nature itself is first and foremost a category of the human imagination, therefore best treated as a part of culture.' Discuss? This assignment is effectively based on the systematic branch of geography, otherwise known to most as cultural geography. The earliest days of the increasingly popular topic of cultural geography can be fundamentally traced to the seminal work of Carl Sauer, and as a result of this numerous people worldwide believe that Sauer laid the foundations with which people built on, therefore we find ourselves in the situation we are today. In R.J. Johnson's dictionary of human geography a highly distinguished definition of cultural geography is outlined. It states; "Cultural geography deals with mans culturally determined activities and especially with the differential impact of cultural groups on the exploitation, form and personality of landscape." (Johnson 1981) From around the beginning of the nineteenth century Anthropology as a subject has grown significantly and became more and more complex as time has passed. ...read more.

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It includes man the creature but not his creations." (Fall 1991) In the past various ideologies of what nature actually is have been put forward by many human geographers and many strongly believe, including Cloke (1999) that nature does actually relate to science, philosophy and even the arts in that certain features of each of these popular subjects have links to nature in some way, shape or form. To state that nature would be best treated as a part of culture would quite simply be an insult to the benefits and experiences nature has provided us with over the years, in that it to a certain extent shaped the evolution of man over the centuries. However it would not be an insult and it would be proper order to relate nature to the mother, father and child of us all and if anything culture would be best treated as a part of nature. There is sufficient evidence to support the notion that as certain cultures and groups have developed and grown they have effectively damaged nature and in some cases beyond repair. When the word nature comes to mind things like green fields, trees, birds and other animals form a major element of my thinking, ...read more.

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It would be true to say that nature has been around a great deal longer than the term culture, which really only came into existence around the fourteenth century. In my opinion both nature and culture as concepts offer major differential characteristics in the sense that nature is a highly transparent term which offers many wide-ranging interconnections to various other ideas, where as on the other hand culture is a term which could be described a highly misleading and overused by many people. To sum up how important nature is to us it is my view that the following abstract from Spring (1994) highlights it best; "Nature is beauty and all that is part of nature is beautiful. Lands, plants, animals, skies and oceans are all part of nature that is shared with us. Nature is so amazing because it does not need the assistance of man to continue surviving as it has done for so long. Nature's goodness can also make up for all that is bad and wrong for man. Man destroys but nature creates and gives birth to. It seems as if nature is the backbone to happiness and if there was no nature there would be nothing left in this world to admire and cherish. ...read more.

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