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The Wild and the WickedOn Nature and Human Nature$
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Benjamin Hale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035408

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035408.001.0001

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Rustling in the Bushes

Rustling in the Bushes

(p.71) 3 Rustling in the Bushes
The Wild and the Wicked

Benjamin Hale

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This chapter proposes that nature often can be disvaluable, but that many modern conveniences and technologies mediate and temper this disvalue. The chapter utilizes a series of anecdotes -- including animal attacks against humans, illness from food borne pathogens, fears of cryptids, and scorched earth warfare -- to underscore the disvalue of nature and show how technologies often mask an underlying brutality in nature.

Keywords:   Animal attacks, Cryptids, Vietnam, Ives, Agent Orange, technology

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