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The Biophilia Hypothesis

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"Biophilia" is the term coined by Edward O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life and winner of two Pulitzer prizes, to describe what he believes is our innate affinity for the natural world. In his landmark book Biophilia, he examined how our tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes might be a biologically based need, integral to our development as individuals a ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Shearwater (first published March 1st 1993)
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Connie
Oct 31, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it
Not a book for the unscientifically minded. I spent a lot of time reading, reviewing, and researching, and I really enjoyed doing so. I realize everyone is not inclined to such heavy subject matter, but for those of us that are -enjoy.
Gina
Dec 20, 2009 Gina rated it it was ok
This was very mixed. I found the preface fascinating, and it got me so excited to read the individual essays, and then they were all over the map. Lots of interesting ideas, but often not very readable.
Mark Petrick
Jan 20, 2013 Mark Petrick rated it really liked it
Kellert edited this book with E. O. Wilson, who wrote the original treatise on biophilia. I found this book more accessible, being the presentation of many astute voices on the human/nature connection.
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Perfect book for geeks who enjoy learning about connections between humans and nature. Really enjoyed even though it was written in a textbook, professorial style
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“The human mind is a product of the Pleistocene age, shaped by wildness that has all but disappeared. If we complete the destruction of nature, we will have succeeded in cutting ourselves off from the source of sanity itself. Hermetically sealed amidst our creations and bereft of those of the
Creation, the world then will reflect only the demented image of the mind imprisoned within itself. Can the mind doting on itself and its creations be sane?”
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