Jean-Loup McIlvain-Cellier Written Assignment 11 Encounters with Nature section 02 Lòpez Scott, James C. "Nature and Space." In Seeing Like a State, 11-52, 359-369. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. James Scott's Nature and Space provides a different view of society's take on nature, and addresses matters regarding how the economic potentials of nature alter and dictate societal uses of the natural world. He brings up components of this topic such as how trees are categorized not necessarily by species or environmental impact, but by timber amount and pricing and how the wild can be completely wiped clean and restructured, in cases such as when people plant archways of trees for an almost militaristic regimen of uniformity. He addresses issues of people's animosity regarding nature, and conflicts arising from matters of interpretation which in turn stem from the wildness of the wild. And of course, the economy of growing space and ownership of farms is a central point of conflict when people reach a point of disregarding the natural element and seek only economic gain. Scott uses primarily his analysis of pertinent quotations alongside a few well-placed diagrams and maps which illustrate matters such as the space conflict. This text helps express the ways that nature is often disregarded for what it is for the purposes of economy, and this can create lasting difficulties in a community. I thought that Scott's writing was well phrased and to-the-point, spending appropriate time setting up and then reaching his argument without becoming dry. Scott, James C. "Taming Nature." In Seeing Like a State, 262-306, 414-423. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. James Scott's “Taming Nature: An Agriculture of Legibility and Simplicity” raises questions about how different circumstances and situations within nature call for different approaches, and how nature calls for the patience and simplicity that is often thrown aside in modern life. He breaks this into components such as the increasingly complex (and oddly enough progressively simplistic) ways humans have tried to optimize cultivation, as well as the differences in opinions that arise when multiple opposing methods come into conflict. He goes into great detail about the differences between European and West African farming techniques and how the two differ greatly in principle. Scott uses sources such as documents of research done by previous agriculturalists seeking to record the processes used by differing cultures, and he synthesizes these reports to bolster his analysis of the questions he raises. This text emphasizes how humans are constantly evolving culturally and seeking to make their world better, but it is nigh impossible for any one culture to perfect what they practice and that wisdom and prudent cooperation can be key. Scott’s balance of the contrasting elements of the different cultures, the rise and struggles between simplicity and complexity and the pros and cons of each were all well expressed and varied throughout the piece, keeping ideas fresh.