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 N - Nature


Nature: The totality of all living things (on earth), or the totality of all real things.

The term "nature" is ambiguous, and redundant if one means the same by it as by "reality". But it makes sense to use the term "nature" to refer to all living things on earth, on the assumptions that, first, living things are distinct and in some way more complex than dead things, and second, that it is at least possible that life of some kind evolved elsewhere in the universe, and possibly third, that such life probably is not quite of the same kind as earthly living things.


See also:


Abro, Feynman, Hawkins, Toraldo

 Original: Oct 25, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top