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Tucson Zoo

non-fiction unit
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Angelica Reed

on 11 April 2011

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Transcript of Tucson Zoo

Tucson Zoo Lewis Thomas (1913-1993) Literary Element Structure What is structure? framework of a work of literature; the organization or over-all design of a work. The structure of a play may fall into logical divisions and also a mechanical division of acts and scenes. More About the Author Lewis Thomas "We pass thoughts around, from mind to mind, so compulsively and with such speed that the brains of mankind often appear, functionally, to be undergoing fusion" QUOTE BackGround Lewis Thomas was born in 1913 in Flushing, New York to a family physician and his nurse wife. He was fascinated by his father's profession, and it became a baseline for his later understanding of the dramatic changes, not always good ones in his opinion, in the practice of medicine in the twentieth century. He entered Princeton at 15 where he was an average student, but he developed an interest in poetry and literary humor, writing much "good bad verse," as he described it, for the Princeton Tiger, which showed primarily his sense of humor about undergraduate life but no particular interest in the natural world. Book Background In "The Tucson Zoo, a moment of non-scientific but intense connection with beavers and otters leads him to think about the possibility of being genetically endowed with altruism. He then questions whether ants, working as a "single huge creature" can think, what sort of thought that might be, and whether such an event makes a single ant's hair "stand on end." Thus Thomas confronts a paradox which he explores repeatedly: the coexistence of individuality and symbiotic unity in nature. Journal Everybody has a certain animal at the Zoo that is their favorite and they love to see. What is that Animal for you and why?
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