Quick and penetrating at first, they grasp ideas easily, but they cannot concentrate or them.sehes to prolonged reflection.
It is amaz- ing that America has not yet produced a good poet, a capable mathematician, or a man of genius in a single art or science." There was specious plausibility to this theory, for it did account for the differences between Indian and European cultures, and New York is in fact much damper and colder than Rome, which is on about the same latitude.
Everything here is sinking into decav: religion, law, the arts, the sciences. THIS theory gave rise to a debate which occupies a large place in the annals of science and of the phi- lo.sophies of history and geography.
The basic assumption was environmental determinism, the idea that all forms of life are necessarily shaped by their physical environment.
Roger Vaughan '59 has written a book about the flamboyant former dinghy sailor, titled Tlje Grand Gesture: Ted Turner, Mariner, and the America's Cup, of which this article is an excerpt.
10 Ted Turner: "I didn't fail college; college failed me" Expelled from Brown his senior year for burning down his fraternity's homecoming display, Ted Turner '60 went on to become (among other things) one of the world's foremost racing yachtsmen.
The reason for its wide acceptance, however, was that it seemed to support positions taken b\- many European thinkers.
First, it seemed to refute Rousseau's primiti\ism and therefore to prove the \alue of civiliza- tion. l [email protected] ^h Cutting the faculty: How does Brown do more with less?
University Hall (below) is an excellent example of colonial brick architecture. Two hundred years and architectural integrity stand be- tween it and the colonial homes, liquor stores, and olde gift shoppes of today.in twelve editions of a Defense he wrote of his thesis, and in a long article on America in the Supplement to the French Encyclopedia.Moreover the Abbe Raynal, in his phenomenally suc- cessful Philosophical and Political History of the Indies (forty-four French editions) not only repeated de Pauw's charges but directed them specifically at the English settlers in North America. In conjunction with the First Baptist Meeting House, University Hall set the style for much of the East Side. John de Creveeoeur's Lettres d'un cultivateur americain (Paris, 1787). Franklin's defiance of Parliament seemed to the continental European mind not a challenge of ari.stocratic corporatism but an attack upon the principle of monarchical absolutism, which was being given new life by the aging Louis XV in France, by Gu.stavus III in Sweden, by Catherine of Russia, and by Frederick the Great of Prussia. They allow us to read things like this, and they will be amazed to find us ten years later different men. Other than the pediment, its orna- mentation is limited to a central lantern, balustrade, and bands of projecting bricks, which define divisions between floors. You are as Nature would have us all to be." And he incor- porated into his novel two corroborative letters by the Physiocrat Du Pont de Nemours, who had written of Virginia, "In no country in the world are women more beautiful, even at an advanced age, or men handsomer or more robust, or minds more lofty, or characters more gentle, or hearts more intrepid." IT was the Stamp Act crisis of 1765 that made the Americans appear as the champions of political and civil liberty.