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Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

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Human health and well-being are inextricably linked to nature; our connection to the natural world is part of our biological inheritance. In this engaging book, a pioneer in the field of biophilia—the study of human beings' inherent affinity for nature—sets forth the first full account of nature's powerful influence on the quality of our lives. Stephen Kellert asserts that ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Yale University Press (first published November 5th 2012)
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Andrea McDowell
The subject matter was great, and very necessary, and Kellert is clearly an expert who has considered over many decades the subject of the many ways people need to connect to nature. It's not a new idea for me, but I still found new data and perspectives in here; for instance, the necessity of human aversion to nature for evolutionary adaptiveness (eg. a primate's instinctive and unlearned fear of snakes), and how conservation and restoration projects need to take into account our need to be afr ...more
Lisa
Stephen Kellert masterfully explores the broad topic of the relationship between people and nature in the modern world with finesse. He backs the principles of biophilia with studies and research in lucid prose, but balances the body of text with "Interludes," personal or fictional narratives that bring the ideas to life. The result is a well-rounded and convincing argument that we will be more motivated to care for our environment out of self-interest than guilt. His tone is balanced and optimi ...more
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