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Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide Between People and the Environment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    This book is incredibly interesting. I have been studying enviro

    This book is incredibly interesting. I have been studying environmental science and environmental thought for a few years now and this book really helped fill in a lot of the gaps in my knowledge. This book does a great job of combining ideas from many different disciplines from anthropology to philosophy to create a better understanding of our current environmental issues. Worthy explains that many of our environmental problems are caused from our dissociation with nature. We rarely see the implications of our actions these days and this is why we allow the environment to be destroyed, because we often don't even know it is happening. The book seeks to explain how we got here, where we are going, and how to solve some of these issues. I personally believe he does an incredible job of explaining this. He also does so in a very entertaining and easy to read way. Great book and very enjoyable if you are interested in the environment and understanding your place within it.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

    This book is an excellent and amazingly comprehensive study of t

    This book is an excellent and amazingly comprehensive study of the relationships of global environmental problems to ourselves. Ken Worthy clarifies the psychological and historical roots of why simply knowing about environmental problems, or even understanding the causes of the problems, is not sufficient to actually come to solutions. His central idea is that even though most people may have good intentions and want to solve these problems, our deep rooted dissociation from nature prevents us from reaching solutions.




    The first two chapters are a detailed, shocking, and informative account of the depths of some of these problems. The next chapter has a very interesting comparison of the famous Milgram obedience experiments to how individuals usually act as blindly obedient cogs in the social, political, and economic machine of global environmental degradation. Later chapters delve more deeply into the historical origins of our way of thinking of ourselves as separate from the natural world we live in, going all the way back to Plato and Aristotle. The final chapter, "Reconecting and Healing a Planet" suggests some ways ordinary people can make a difference to reducing environmental problems, and offers some hope that our own personal actions can have a major impact on the problems we face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    This is an amazing book. I¿ve been thinking along these lines fo

    This is an amazing book. I’ve been thinking along these lines for a while…why does it seem like no matter what we do, environmental problems just keep on getting worse, and new ones keep popping up, like tar sands oil and fracking? It’s so frustrating. The problems seem so “out there,” except the news keeps bringing them back. This book taught me how decisions I make in my own life are connected to problems like superfund sites and people working in cell phone and computer factories getting cancer and having oppressive jobs. I was deeply touched by the observation that our ability to follow our own ethics has been taken away by corporations, governments, and others who stand between us and nature.
    I don’t know any book, environmental or otherwise, that does a better job of merging all sorts of fields and disciplines to give a truly encompassing perspective on a problem, like this one does for the environmental crisis. The author presents a lot of shocking information about the toxic pollution from high-tech electronics, and ties that in to the psychology of decision making and how not seeing the damages we create greases the skids to more destruction. There’s also philosophy and phenomenology and geography and anthropology, explaining how fragmented thinking is embedded in Western culture. Most of it is pretty engaging, too, though some people might want to skip some of the philosophy, which should work fine.
    The last chapter was my favorite because Worthy puts together a slew of practical remedies to tie us back together with nature, so we can see how we’re affecting the natural world and react. I’ve heard of some of these ideas before, like better urban layouts for walkability and more urban gardening, but they make more sense to me now, and I can see how they help. Also, there are new ideas in here—ecology deeply embedded in grade school curriculums, fields trips to factories and sewage treatment plants, and a set of guidelines to apply to decision making at various levels. They give me hope that we can turn things around.
    Really, everyone should read Invisible Nature. Highly recommended.

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