Natural History, the study of natural objects and events. The term was once applied to the branch of knowledge that includes the biological and physical sciences. In the first century A.D., Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer, summarized most of the existing knowledge of nature in his Historia Naturalis (Natural History). Until the late 19th century many scientific works, especially in the fields of botany and zoology, were called natural histories.
"It is as hard to see one's self as to look backwards without turning around," wrote Thoreau -- an odd quote from someone who's known for living alone in the woods. "Know thyself"? As it turns out, it's harder than it sounds.
If nature is red in tooth and claw, then "survival of the fittest" sounds like a fight to the death. Natural selection is what drives evolution. Is it true that only the strong survive?