Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.

The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or "essential qualities, innate disposition", and in ancient times, literally meant "birth".Natura was a Latin translation of the Greek word physis (φύσις), which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord. The concept of nature as a whole, the physical universe, is one of several expansions of the original notion; it began with certain core applications of the word φύσις by pre-Socratic philosophers, and has steadily gained currency ever since. This usage was confirmed during the advent of modern scientific method in the last several centuries.

Within the various uses of the word today, "nature" often refers to geology and wildlife. Nature may refer to the general realm of various types of living plants and animals, and in some cases to the processes associated with inanimate objects – the way that particular types of things exist and change of their own accord, such as the weather and geology of the Earth, and the matter and energy of which all these things are composed. It is often taken to mean the "natural environment" or wilderness–wild animals, rocks, forest, beaches, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention. For example, manufactured objects and human interaction generally are not considered part of nature, unless qualified as, for example, "human nature" or "the whole of nature". This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind. Depending on the particular context, the term "natural" might also be distinguished from the unnatural, the supernatural, or synthetic.

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March 25, 2013

Doc - David Attenborough: The Song of the Earth

Searching for the origins of human music this doc traces its connections to the musical sounds that other animals make: the beauty of the wolf's howl, the complexity of the bat's cry.

Movie - Human Nature (Michel Gondry, 2001)

Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman's kooky collaboration about a man raised as an ape

Sun, Dec 9
Doc - 40 Years of Complete Isolation (Vice)

Faustino Barrientos has lived alone on the shores of lake O'Higgins since 1965.

Live Music Show - Animal Music

Animals love music, in fact, they WANT to shred!

Trailer Trash - When Nature Attacks: 90s Edition

What could be scarier than a tornado or a volcano, meteor shower or a giant man-eating crocodile?

March 26, 2013

Live Music Show - Music from Rocks

Get ready for some REAL ROCK MUSIC (groan..)

Art - Solipsist (Andrew Huang, 2012)

One can only be sure of their own mind's existence...

Doc - Conflict Minerals, Rebels and Child Soldiers in Congo (Vice)

Warlords, soldiers, and child laborers all toil over a mineral you've never even heard of.

Collection - Robot Animals

Robot Animals are creepy but also shockingly cool. Get ready for Skynet...

Collection: Second Life

Is Second Life reality? Well yes, for some nerds it is...

Art - Moon Rock (George Dunning, 1970)

Cool, psychedelic animation from 1970 by the director of Yellow Submarine, George Dunning

March 27, 2013

Live Music Show - Wind Music

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

Trailer Trash - Ski Films of Willy Bogner

Great style, great music, and plenty of ZAZZ!

Doc - Yeti: Hunt For The Wildman

Bhutan, where for generations locals have reported sighting of the Migoi, a beast unknown to scientists and commonly known in the west as the Yeti.

Collection - Air

Air can be A LOT of different things

Disneyland: Our Friend The Atom (Hamilton Luske, 1957)

Dr. Heinz Haber, a noted scientist in the field of atomic energy, hosts this look at the possibility of an exciting new power source. The 50s ... but very informative and with great animation!!

Wed, Jan 23

March 28, 2013

The Bugaloos - Firefly, Light My Fire

More Saturday morning psychedelia for kids from the minds of Sid & Marty Krofft!

Live Music Show - Songs About Fire

Fire is probably one of the most basic concepts in human history, I wonder if there are any songs about it?

Doc - Asia's Illegal Animal Trade (Vice)

Photographer Patrick Brown documents the illegal trade of animals in China.

Collection- Urban Camouflage

Art project by Sabina Keric and Yvonne Bayer

Art - Destination Earth (1956)

Cold-war era animated film produced by the American Petroleum Institute in which Martians (Communists) come to Earth and discover the wonders of a free economy and cheap oil

Orson Welles promoting the film "Quest for Fire"

If Orson Welles is telling you how epic "Quest for Fire" is....then it is EPIC!

March 29, 2013

Time Machine: The World shaped by Time (2011)

Time is compressed to reveal the way geological forces such as volcanic eruptions and huge floods shape our planet.

Art - Ray & Charles Eames - The Powers Of Ten (1968)

quintessential short by the wonderful Eamesesses.

Once upon a time ... Man: And earth was created (1978)

classic french animation series explaining history

Collection - Water Parks

Water parks are really artificial mountains

Live Music Show - Music from Water

Water is sort of hard to make music with, but somehow people still manage