The Biophilia Hypothesis

Author: Stephen R. Kellert

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597269069

Category: Nature

Page: 496

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"Biophilia" is the term coined by Edward O. Wilson to describe what he believes is humanity's 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 and as a species. That idea has caught the imagination of diverse thinkers.The Biophilia Hypothesis brings together the views of some of the most creative scientists of our time, each attempting to amplify and refine the concept of biophilia. The variety of perspectives -- psychological, biological, cultural, symbolic, and aesthetic -- frame the theoretical issues by presenting empirical evidence that supports or refutes the hypothesis. Numerous examples illustrate the idea that biophilia and its converse, biophobia, have a genetic component: fear, and even full-blown phobias of snakes and spiders are quick to develop with very little negative reinforcement, while more threatening modern artifacts -- knives, guns, automobiles -- rarely elicit such a response people find trees that are climbable and have a broad, umbrella-like canopy more attractive than trees without these characteristics people would rather look at water, green vegetation, or flowers than built structures of glass and concrete The biophilia hypothesis, if substantiated, provides a powerful argument for the conservation of biological diversity. More important, it implies serious consequences for our well-being as society becomes further estranged from the natural world. Relentless environmental destruction could have a significant impact on our quality of life, not just materially but psychologically and even spiritually.

Elemental Play and Outdoor Learning

Young children's playful connections with people, places and things

Author: Annie Woods

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 131733647X

Category: Education

Page: 158

View: 2007

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Providing a fresh approach to examining development in the early years, this book draws together well-established ideas and theories based on outdoor play experiences and connects them to spiritual development in children. Elemental Play and Outdoor Learning considers socio-cultural perspectives, guided participation and mediated learning alongside playfulness as it looks at young children’s developing interest in the people around them, the environment they experience and the ideas and objects that involve them. Including rich encounters with young children and adults, chapters cover: elemental play as an approach to observe and support children’s holistic development; the role of people in developing effective exploratory and social skills; using the concept of elemental play to consider the spiritual system as an aspect of child development; imaginative play with raw, natural materials and how prepared environments can encourage children’s natural exploration; an exploration of well-established constructs of play and how elemental play can be integrated or re-conceptualised with the other theories. Exploring current thinking about natural experiences, interest in forest school activity and fresh insight into dynamic ecological concepts, this book will be essential reading for practitioners and students on undergraduate and postgraduate early years and childhood studies courses.

Sustainability and Health

Supporting Global Ecological Integrity in Public Health

Author: Valerie A. Brown,John Grootjans,Jan Ritchie,Mardie Townsend,Glenda Verrinder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134033699

Category: Medical

Page: 350

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Radical changes in the biosphere and human interaction with the environment are increasingly impacting on the health of populations across the world. Diseases are crossing the species barrier, and spreading rapidly through globalised transport systems. From new patterns of cancer to the threat of global pandemics, it is imperative that public health practitioners acknowledge the interdependence between the sustainability of the environment and the sustainability of the human species * Why are issues of global and local sustainability of increasing impotance to the public's health? * Why do issues of sustainability require new practices within the professions of public health? * How can future and current public health practitioners develop those new practices? Drawing on scientific evidence of global and local environmental changes, Sustainability and Health offers a thorough background and practical solutions to the overlapping issues in environment and health. It examines potential and existing responses to global and local environment and health issues involving individuals, community, industry and government. The authors introduce a range of emerging conceptual frameworks and theoretical perspectives, link IT and epidemiology and explain how scoping can link program design, delivery, data collection and evaluation in projects from their very beginning. Public health practitioners need to be able to manage health issues that cut across environmental, economic and social systems and to develop the capacity for leadership in facilitating change. Incorporating learning activities, readings, international case studies and an open learning approach, this is a valuable resource for students of public and environmental health, as well as medical, environmental and health science professionals.

E-Book Energy Medicine East and West

a natural history of qi

Author: David F. Mayor,Marc S. Micozzi

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702049239

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 420

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Energy Medicine East and West: A Natural History of Qi provides a unique, comprehensive overview of Qi or bioenergy for students and practitioners of energy medicines, Chinese and Oriental Medicine, and all disciplines of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Mayor and Micozzi start with a comparative historical account of the ancient concepts of Qi and vital energy before covering theories of Qi, a discussion of the organized therapeutic modalities based upon Qi and its applications to specific health and medical conditions. Contributions are included from international experts in the field. The book moves from anatomical and bioenergetic complementarity of Western vital energy and Eastern Qi, through convergence of perspectives and models to demonstrations of how the traditional therapies are being melded together in a new, original and creative synthesis. David Mayor and Marc Micozzi are experienced medical practitioners, authors and editors. David Mayor has been actively involved in bioenergy research, practice and publishing for over 30 years, and is author/editor of Electroacupuncture: A practical manual and resource (2007), as well as other acupuncture texts and studies. Marc Micozzi is Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. As author/editor of Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 4E (2011), and 25 other books, he has been writing, editing and teaching on bioenergy, Qi and related topics for 20 years. Endorsements "This wonderful book has assembled some 25 authors expressing well a view of qi which entirely does justice to its nature. Meticulously referenced, it is a milestone to set beside Maciocias Foundations of Chinese Medicine and Deadmans Manual of Acupuncture. Here at last are the beginnings of a true science of qi...There is truly nothing like it in contemporary literature. Alone, it lays the foundation for the beginnings of a modern science of qi."Richard Bertschinger, Acupuncturist and translator, Somerset, UK. "This book offers a timely and thorough examination of the experience and nature of qi, including a series of fascinating philosophical discussions with a direct application to our patients. Required reading for acupuncture practitioners seeking to justify and clarify their clinical reasoning."Val Hopwood PhD FCSP, Physiotherapist, acupuncturist, researcher and educator; Course director, MSc Acupuncture, Coventry University, UK. "Over the last decade most books on Asian medicine paid tribute to the aura of evidence-based medicine – experience counted little, RCTs were convincing. This book, at last, returns to an old tradition of debate, opening up quite a few new horizons. Reading it, my striving for knowledge was married with enjoyment and happiness. This book made me happy!" Thomas Ots MD PhD, Medical acupuncturist specialising in psychiatry, Graz, Austria; Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur. "To simply review the chapter headings is to know the truly remarkable expanse of this book...a wonderful bridge between the mysteries of the East and the sciences of the West...well documented, well written, and enlarging both. Enlightening...nicely depicts outstanding advances in energy psychotherapeutics, thus ultimately helping to move forward the human condition."Maurie D Pressman MD, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; Emeritus Chairman of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia PA; past President, International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, Lafayette, CO, USA.

Ecopsychology

restoring the earth, healing the mind

Author: Theodore Roszak,Mary E. Gomes,Allen D. Kanner

Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 338

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This pathfinding collection--by premier psychotherapists, thinkers, and eco-activists in the field--shows how the health of the planet is inextricably linked to the psychological health of humanity, individually and collectively. It is sure to become a definitive work for the ecopsychology movement. Forewords by Lester O. Brown and James Hillman.

Last Child in the Woods

Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Author: Richard Louv

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848877498

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 300

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This huge international bestseller, fully revised for non-American readers, is now in ebook. Last Child in the Woods shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distant from nature, why this matters, and what we can do to make a difference. It is unsentimental, rigorous and utterly original. 'A cri de coeur for our children' Guardian Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves... These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression. This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Last Child in the Woods is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.

Lingua Franca

The Review of Academic Life

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education, Higher

Page: N.A

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Nature and Experience in the Culture of Delusion

How Industrial Society Lost Touch with Reality

Author: D. Kidner

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230391362

Category: Psychology

Page: 327

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While the historical development of symbolic power has benefitted humanity enormously, there is an insidious and seldom recognised price that goes beyond environmental degradation and cultural disintegration. With insights from both social and natural sciences, this book explores the changing character of subjectivity in contemporary life.

Der Biophilia-Effekt

Heilung aus dem Wald

Author: Clemens G. Arvay

Publisher: Editions A Verlag

ISBN: 3990011340

Category: Gardening

Page: 253

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Der Wald tut uns gut, das spüren wir intuitiv. Doch was bisher mehr ein Gefühl war, belegt jetzt die Wissenschaft. Sie erforscht das heilende Band zwischen Mensch und Natur, das einen viel stärkeren Effekt auf uns hat, als wir bisher dachten. So kommunizieren Pflanzen mit unserem Immunsystem, ohne dass es uns bewusst wird, und stärken dabei unsere Widerstandskräfte. Bäume sondern unsichtbare Substanzen ab, die gegen Krebs wirken. Der Anblick unterschiedlicher Landschaften trägt zur Heilung unterschiedlicher Krankheiten bei, und wenn ein Spaziergang im Grünen die Stimmung aufhellt, hat das auch einen Grund. Clemens G. Arvay zeigt diesen »Biophilia-Effekt« nicht nur, er sagt auch, wie wir ihn mit Übungen besonders gut für uns nützen können. Im Wald, oder auch im eigenen Garten.

The Urban Cliff Revolution

New Findings on the Origins and Evolution of Human Habitats

Author: N.A

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 198

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". . . modern humans are still cave men in the sense that our habitations and companion species are the very ones that we formed functional relationships with more than a million years ago. In the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould, E.O. Wilson, David Quammen, Ian Tattersall, and Wade Davis, five Canadian scientists compare the modern high-rise towers of our urban landscape to the cave and cliffside dwellings of our ancient ancestors and conclude that the construction of our sophisticated habitats owes much to the "cave men" and "cave women" of our past. With implications in fields as diverse as architecture, agriculture and even aspects of the origins of art, the authors of this compelling and sometimes controversial work challenge conventional thinking on separate topics such as evolution, history and ecology, by suggesting a single premise that binds these ideas together - that cliffs and rock outcrops have played a vital role in the origin, evolution, and development of the entire human habitat - that the ecological similarities between ancestral human habitats and modern ones over a period of at least one million years provide a brand new perspective on what it means to be human.

Wildlife Rehabilitation

A Publication of the Proceedings of the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Symposium

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Wildlife rescue

Page: N.A

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Teaching Green -- The Elementary Years

Hands-on Learning in Grades K-5

Author: Tim Grant,Gail Littlejohn

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9780865715349

Category: Education

Page: 256

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A complete resource for teaching green to young people from kindergarten through grade five.

Die Hälfte der Erde

Ein Planet kämpft um sein Leben

Author: Edward O. Wilson

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406697860

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Die Hälfte der Erdoberfläche der Natur zu überlassen – das ist die Forderung des weltberühmten Biologen Edward O. Wilson. Sein Buch ist das Testament eines großen Forschers und Schriftstellers, der wie kein anderer erkannt hat, dass der Mensch trotz aller unübersehbaren Fortschritte eine biologische Spezies bleibt, die den früheren Lebensbedingungen auf unserem Planeten besser angepasst ist als der Umwelt, die wir gerade erschaffen. Geschichte zu haben ist kein Privileg des Menschen. Und dennoch ignorieren wir die Geschichten von Millionen anderen Arten, die durch unser Verhalten vom Aussterben bedroht sind. Wilson ist davon überzeugt, dass wir nur dann den lebendigen Anteil unserer Umwelt retten und die für unser eigenes Überleben nötige Stabilität herstellen können, wenn wir den halben Planeten zum Naturschutzgebiet erklären. Wenn die Menschheit sich nicht sehr viel mehr Wissen über die globale Lebensvielfalt aneignet und sich nicht schnell dazu entschließt, sie zu schützen, dann werden wir schon bald die meisten Arten, in denen sich das Leben auf der Erde manifestiert, unwiederbringlich verlieren.

Designing Social Innovation

Planning, Building, Evaluating

Author: International Association for People-Environment Studies. Conference

Publisher: Hogrefe & Huber Pub

ISBN: 9780889372917

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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The design and functioning of urban environments is difficult and complex, and because of the competitive nature of urban planning today, it often does not have the input required from a verity of disciplines, ranging from psychologists and sociologists to architects and planners. Researchers from these areas are, however, uniquely placed to monitor success and advise on what works. This interdisciplinary volume does exactly that, with contributions by experts from around the world. Based on the best applied research presented at the 18th meeting of the International Association of People-Environment Studies, IAPS18, held in Vienna, this volume concentrates on theories and methods in planning and monitoring, environmental, health, and social impact assessment, post-occupancy evaluations (POEs), computer modeling, and various simulation tools. It is thus a fascinating and up-to-date review for researchers, professional practitioners, and policy makers.