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Lesson Plans


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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 14:10:10 -0400

Lawrence A. Parker
Philosopher and Educational Consultant
The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction, Inc.
89 Grand Avenue
Akron, OH 44303-1004
330.762.5341 (under reconstruction)

Chances are pretty good that you're reading this in a room with
artificial light and air "conditioning" (who first came up with that silly
word?). Here are author Faber Birren's thoughts on how far the artificial
world will go:
"Nearly all human effort seems to be leading toward the controlled
environment. It is inconceivable that this trend can be reversed or stopped.
Nature is being left out in the country where man has more or less decided
that she belongs. The mountains and seashore are becoming no longer the
habitat of man but simply places for him to visit on weekends and holidays.
Man thinks that he is too busy to be discommoded by nature. He has things to
do in a hurry and cannot submit to anything capricious, natural or
otherwise. It is wholly possible that within not too many decades man will
venture from his contrived abodes into the vast stretches of nature, point
through the clear plastic shell of his conveyance, and say to his children,
'This may be hard to believe, but your ancestors used to live out there!'"
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