Peter Coates writes in a dense style, and questions life and the meaning of nature as often as Bruckner did in the previous book. However, I enjoyed Bruckner’s approach to the topics much more than I do Coates.
Summarizing the history of nature and its interpretation by mankind, the way in which it different interpretations of nature have been used to gain support for various causes throughout history. It seems clear that there is one constant between thought and nature, and it involves the fact that mankind’s view of nature is never constant, and it is always morphing into different interpretations (whichever interpretation best fits the ideas of the present natural circumstance). The only way in which Coates believes we can develop a true understanding and appreciating nature is to go outside and experience it for ourselves, and I tend to agree with this point.
He gets into very touchy topics with me that delve into the world of religion and nature and science, and quite frankly it makes me a little uncomfortable to read. Mostly because I grew up in a family that is not religious it just wasn’t a part of our lives, but I understand that it is part of some people’s lives (a big part in fact) and I am not wiling to put forth my views on whats what. I did however, find Coates insight on religion and how it may have deprived nature of its glory during the portion of history where religion grasped a stronger hold over societies across the planet.