Although I found these chapters somewhat hard to read because of the complexity and abundance of information that is presented to us, I did really like the topics that he writes about. I agree with a lot of what Coates talks about, but I wish he would incorporate more of his opinion in his writings, instead of citing a lot of other people’s work. I think Coates definitely could have done a better job at making the book an enjoyable (and maybe leisurely) read, but he does give an enormous amount of information, sort of like a text-book.
While reading Nature, it raised a strange thought/question in my mind about the idea that things with our environment are constantly getting worse, and that our lifestyles of mistreating the environment have recently come about. As Coates suggests with many sources agreeing, humans have always destroyed the environment on our hunt for greater knowledge and superiority. I think it’s interesting that Coates does not strictly define nature, and says that there is no clear definition because nature can have many meanings, according to what different individuals or groups of people believe. I feel that Coates makes a very good point when discussing the fact that every culture has the ability not only to reconstruct, but also to severely damage our natural world. I think he is also right to say that it is naive for us to make an assumption about a “world view” that includes humans being in nature and preventing the possibility of destruction.