By Dianne Gaspas-Ettl, Coloring Books
Included are ready-to-color illustrations of an impressive giraffe at a water gap, a matriarch and herd of African elephants, a cheetah with its younger on an deserted termite mound, a yellow-winged bat amid the blossoms of the baobab tree, village weaverbirds' nests placing from umbrella acacia, and masses extra. Descriptive captions accompany every one representation, selecting matters by means of universal and Latin names and in brief describing the environment.
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These achievements notwithstanding, the last two centuries have witnessed unprecedented and ruthless human exploitation of nature. , nuclear weaponry and industrial pollution). This trend of destruction is accelerating at such a pace that, if no effective counterforces intervene, the earth’s resources will soon be exhausted and real man-made disaster is likely to ensue. However, we remain hopeful that by studying the physical and the human world we will find solutions to these problems. 24 Cultural Foundations of Learning Certainty of Knowledge Beyond the basic interest in and stance toward the external world, Western intellectual tradition was further established by its serious pursuit of the key epistemological question: How do we know what we know?
1996). A history of Chinese civilization. New York: Cambridge University Press, for reviews of the dynastic cycle in Chinese history. Western powers opened the door to China. The Opium War and events that followed led to Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s revolution in 1911, ending the millennia-long dynastic ruling system in China. The subsequent period was governed by the Nationalist government until the Communist takeover in 1945. Emperor Qin (259–210 BCE) murdered Confucian scholars by burying them alive and by burning their books (213–212 BCE).
Neither did John Locke in the eighteenth century abandon reason with his radical idea of all knowledge coming from experience. Quite the contrary, he maintained that rational people should hold their opinions with some measure of doubt and that even religious revelation must be judged by reason. Therefore, reason remained supreme for him. Reason triumphed again in philosophy. Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), a Western philosophical icon in the eighteenth century and onward, wrote The Critique of Pure Reason14 to distinguish knowledge that is a priori from knowledge that is not.