What does the book say about how nature shapes us and how we shape nature? Do you agree with that concept?

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In Silent Spring, Carson is at pains to show that humans are intimately connected to nature and are not floating above it. What happens to the natural world has a profound effect on us.

Carson argues that we need to control pesticide use, because the damaging effect it is having on the environment will seep up to us. She asks us to envision a "silent spring" in which the world is utterly quiet because all the songbirds have been killed by pesticides. If the songbirds can be destroyed by pesticides, so can we. We are all part of one ecosystem.

Carson uses what was cutting-edge medical research at the time to show that pesticides cause health problems, such as cancer, in humans. If we...

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