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Nature as wilderness

The idea of nature can also be used to express the wilderness - that which lies at the edge of a cultural process.

If we consider the environmental impact on the whole ecosystem, there may be no real wild place left on our planet. In a looser sense, a walk in the forest or a trip on the ocean may be an experience that we can consider natural.

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Nature in this sense is related to spontaneity, while nurture is the outcome of a cultural process. For example, education is seen as a process against nature. But any human development is shaped by the activity of interaction with other humans.

The idea of nature is sometimes used to refer to anything that exists as part of the physical world.

Aristotle used the idea of nature to explain that which defines the essence of something. The essence is the properties that define what a thing is. For example, the essence of water will be its molecular structure.

In the past millennia, nature has been used as the expression of the divine.

The idea of nature is most widely used in philosophy.

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