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What is nature? What is natural? Is human part of nature? Should all acts of men be considered "natural" therefore be justified?

People often refute ideas and acts of human by accusing it’s against nature. (For example, genetic modification) In your opinion, what is nature? Is human part of this 'nature'? If so, then, may we assume all acts of human behaviors are "natural" and will lead to a “natural” consequence, therefore be justified?

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  • Aug 24 2011: We certainly are part of nature, but "natural" means "done without using technique". Evolution gave us the opportunity to devellop technique but technical solutions aren't considered as natural. An action would be natural if we could accomplish it without using any tool or manufactured object.
    As Mathieu Miossec said, an action may not be justified simply because it is natural.

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