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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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Parks, our idealized sense of nature, strongly reflect these principles of open space punctuated with stands of trees with elevations and water. In The Superorganism he uses his world famous knowledge of the field of myrmecology the study of ants to relate many of the astounding details of the workings of leafcutter ants, emphasizing the idea that both individually if that even makes sense for these creatures and collectively, the life cycle of a colony is like nothing so much as the workings of a chemical machine.

It is beautifully written, scientifically engaging, and politically inspiring. The rest can be skipped, unless you feel compelled. Wilson, a Harvard University entomologist, coined the term “biophilia”, referring to humans’ “love of living things” – our innate affinity with nature.

Although a noun, as with other defined entities, the word life might be better cast as a verb to reflect its essential status as a process.

Contact our editors with your feedback. Go onto youtube and google his speeches on it Fennell No preview available – In fact, the loss of desire to interact with the natural world, resulting in a decreased appreciation for the diversity of life-forms that support human survival, has been cited as a potential factor contributing to environmental destruction and the rapid rate of species extinction.


And now I remember why. What would he think now, thirty years on? Tuttavia “Ben pochi potrebbero resistere per un certo tempo senza subire una perdita notevole in un mondo formato esclusivamente da se stessi e dalle loro macchine” Wilson sprona tutti noi a ricercare il legame intimo che abbiamo con il mondo naturale e sottolinea come questa tendenza sia una caratteristica innata nella nostra specie, che va semplicemente stimolata.

Niophilia some of the most interesting and trending topics of Wilson’s Biophilia Hypothesis Last updated: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations.

I support superorganisms, and evolution at the group level, and altruism.

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Biourbanism for a Healthy City. Mar 23, Louisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Its maturation is linked to that of biology and a new hybrid field, bioethics. Wilson and others have argued that such declines in biophilic behaviour could remove meaning from nature, translating into a loss of human respect for the natural world.

I suppose not anymore, but it is one of many favorites, one that I recommend to everyone with the hopes that it will serve as a source of inspiration and hope does for me. It’s just a shame it took so long. Paperbackpages.

His notion of environmental stewardship drew on wklson concepts, including the practical dependence of humans on nature, which centres on the ecological services e. This appreciation is often invoked as evidence of biophilia.

It’d be like if someone tried to get you to read a treatise on why recycling or composing is a good idea. View all 20 comments. The idea that technology feeds the human biophilic drive also finds support in the search for life on other planets see extraterrestrial life.


It is very quotable, and at some point you sacrifice the flow of eward narrative to it. Do you suppose, if I admit that I find it a bit difficult to hold my attention to an E.

Biophilia hypothesis

Books by Edward O. Mar 12, Kate rated it it was amazing. I generally agreed with many of the authors points, but was disappointed that there wasn’t more substance — more philosophy.

May 23, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: They are too consistent to be dismissed as the result of purely historical events working on a mental blank slate. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. The depth of the conservation ethic will be measured by the extent to which each of the two approaches to nature is used to reshape and reinforce the other.

The first chapters were so strong that I expected to be ver If you like biological philosophy books, then this book is for you! I offer this as a formula of reenchantment to invigorate poetry and myth: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the final three chapters Wilson begins to turn back toward a deeper examination of biophilia. A fun book that is easy for me to identify with. Bioethics is now mostly concerned with a great range of medical issues.

A very thoughtful and ultimately hopeful book that left me feeling somewhat heartbroken. Mar 17, Doug rated it liked it. Before and since ‘Biophilia’ a wdward of scientists and philosophers who