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Read “Human Nature” pg. 657, Answer questions 1-5 1)Dowie criticizes the common view of wilderness as unspoiled by humans because of the common perception of wilderness today. We think of wilderness as synonymous with our National Parks, Yosemite, Yellowstone, etc. But how “wild” are these parks really? They were walled off by humans and in turn removed the indigenous people of these lands. The National Parks have been sterilized to maintain this perception of “wilderness”. The National Parks represent nature, but they don’t represent nature untouched by humanity. The implications of this view are that the way that everyone think of the National Parks is wrong. Instead of thinking of them as how Earth would be like without human intervention people should see them as what they really are— commercialized nature. I agree with Dowie, even though I love the National Park system and enjoy visiting whenever possible. I don’t feel the National Parks to be equivalent to wilderness. When I think of wilderness I think of the Amazon rainforest or African savannas. Those are places where the wilderness runs free, where the indigenous people and the animals live in harmony—they respect their territory without outside intervention. 2)Anthropologists work in what I refer to in question one as the “real” wilderness. Where there has been no human intervention and there are still indigenous people who survive off the land and there are still wild animals who all compromise a complex ecosystem.

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