Dawson College Readings Ethics of Nature Readings Questions

Dawson College Readings Ethics of Nature Readings Questions

1) Why can we say that trees show friendship for each other? Give an example of when you showed some tree-like friendship.

2) How do trees integrate with other organisms to maintain their social connections? Give an example of your most meaningful connection to a non-human life-form.

3) What has Dr. Gagliano discovered about plants that might help humans better think in terms of an Ethics of Nature? How would some of the discoveries mentioned in the article change the way you personally look at the world?

4) What is the significance of Old Survivor for an Ethics of Nature? When in your life have you encountered an Old Survivor?

5) Why is it important for humans to be less anthropocentric and to rediscover their animal nature for an Ethics of Nature? How can you do this?

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

6) What does Jenny Odell’s Rose Garden mean for an Ethics of Nature? What is your ‘Rose Garden’?