A fine memoir by one of America’s foremost evolutionary biologists. E. O. Wilson defines biophilia as ‘the innate tendency [in human beings] to focus on life and. The term was later used by American biologist Edward O. Wilson in his work Biophilia (), which proposed that the tendency of humans to. Join in on the adventure! Become a member for special invites to events throughout the year! ‚Äč. Plus Receive discounts on. -Summer Day Camps. -5K Trail Run.

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Books by Edward O. Wilson’s most personal book, an evocation of his own response to nature and an eloquent statement of the conservation ethic. Account Options Sign in. The first few chapters of this book were amazing to me. Wilson also notes that the wealthy, those of us least encumbered by economic restraints, frequently choose to live in areas that are on high ground with an exceptional view and often times overlooking bodies of water.

Although I would certainly hesitate to submit to this borderline deep ecology philosophy, it is important to remember that we do not always need to “conquer nature” and that nothing is more pleasant than a wonderful day spent immersed in the natural world.

I will be so bold as to define biophilia as the innate tendency to focus biopjilia life and lifelike processes.

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Wilson would likely see today’s dominant anti-science culture as just a phase in an infinitely long history that will eventually swing the other way, but it is difficult not to lament our ever-shrinking natural landscapes and the continued loss of species diversity that weave the tapestry of life.

Jan 03, Jenni rated it liked it. His notion of environmental stewardship drew on various concepts, including the practical dependence of humans on nature, which centres on the ecological services e. These processes appear to be part of the programs of the brain.


Do you suppose, biophillia I admit that I find it a bit difficult to hold my attention bipphilia an E. Human preferences toward things in naturewhile refined through experience and culture, are hypothetically the product of biological evolution. Jan 03, Betsy rated it really liked it. I’ve heard him speak, and it was wonderful. The book is now twenty years old and a contemporary reading reveals a great deal of prescience: A quiet but thoughtful book, making the case that humans, having evolved in the midst of a natural realm replete with species diversity, need that environment for our basic well-being.

At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 04, Barrett Doherty rated it it was amazing. The first chapters were so strong that I expected to be ver If you like biological philosophy books, then this book is for you!

Wilson in his work Biophiliawhich proposed that the tendency of humans to focus on and to affiliate with nature and other life-forms has, in part, a genetic basis. Maybe I’m not Wilson’s target audience at all. Biophilia is Edward O.

He argues that humanity’s future just as its origins must be rooted in a co-existance with nature. Wiki When I started reading Biophilia I was wary of the possibility that it might be dated. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life.

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Aristotle edwadr one of many to put forward a concept that could be summarized as “love of life”. He addresses the question of species extinction and loss of biodiversity throughout the book, and though he expresses vast concern about both, Wilson is also here and there optimistic. Dec 04, Erica rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was a great book, written by a biologist who I had the good fortune to meet.

Perhaps these are meant to be more savored than read, meditations and poems rather than stories. Having a window looking out to plants is also claimed to help speed up the healing process of patients in hospitals. Before and since ‘Biophilia’ a number of scientists and philosophers who Because of our oo advancements and more time spent inside buildings and cars, it is argued that the lack of biophilic activities and time spent in nature may be strengthening the disconnect of humans from nature.

Chapter 7 of edwxrd same book reports on the help that animals can provide to children with edwadr disorders.

Is it still my number one favorite book? I have argued in this book that we are human in good part because of the particular way we affiliate with other organisms. I’ve always thought that my interest and love of nature is inherent to my humanity, as this book focuses on convincing readers.

Even tho the book is short, it’s all over the place, biophillia a couple sentence review seems inadequate.