What is Nature?

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I've been asking this question of people who have attended word-coinings for the Human Nature Dictionary. Here are answers to date:

  • A destination, a vacation spot
  • An integral part of my body and soul
  • Animals
  • Ant farm in school
  • As a child: everything that was studiable
  • Being able to breathe and relax
  • Carbon-based life
  • Climate
  • Elemental
  • Emotional association of being outside, exposed, buffeted by wind and waves
  • Great sweeping forest
  • Growing things vs. static things
  • I grew up in the country, nature was all around
  • Irreplaceable
  • It varies from culture to culture
  • Living things
  • Mediated by language (I was a suburban child)
  • Mountains
  • Nature encyclopedia
  • Not controllable, just is
  • Not man-made
  • Ocean, rocks, trees, mountains (maybe man, but not really)
  • Open air
  • Parks and urban gardens in a city
  • Plants
  • Processes like cell division, entropy
  • Refuge
  • Rocks
  • Sky
  • Smells
  • Soil
  • Something that's a combination of things that are elemental, basic
  • Something we didn’t make
  • Something we learn about in museums
  • Specific place
  • That which exists without human intervention
  • Things that go back to the soil
  • Trees
  • Trees, grass
  • Undeveloped
  • Unpredictable
  • Untouched by humans
  • Water
  • We can't control
  • Weather
  • Wild
  • Wind, drizzle
  • Woods, wildness