The Biophilia Hypothesis / Edition 1

The Biophilia Hypothesis / Edition 1

by Stephen R. Kellert
     
 

<p>"Biophilia" is the term coined by Edward O. Wilson to describe what he believes is our 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… See more details below

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<p>"Biophilia" is the term coined by Edward O. Wilson to describe what he believes is our 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.<p>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: <ul> <li>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 <li>people find trees that are climbable and have a broad, umbrella-like canopy more attractive than trees without these characteristics <li>people would rather look at water, green vegetation, or flowers than built structures of glass and concrete </ul> 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559631471
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
1
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
707,166
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude: "A Siamese Connexion with a Plurality of Other Mortals"3
Introduction20
Ch. 1Biophilia and the Conservation Ethic31
Ch. 2The Biological Basis for Human Values of Nature42
Ch. 3Biophilia, Biophobia, and Natural Landscapes73
Ch. 4Humans, Habitats, and Aesthetics138
Ch. 5Dialogue with Animals: Its Nature and Culture173
Ch. 6Searching for the Lost Arrow: Physical and Spiritual Ecology in the Hunter's World201
Ch. 7The Loss of Floral and Faunal Story: The Extinction of Experience229
Ch. 8New Guineans and Their Natural World251
Ch. 9On Animal Friends275
Ch. 10The Sacred Bee, the Filthy Pig, and the Bat Out of Hell: Animal Symbolism as Cognitive Biophilia301
Ch. 11God, Gaia, and Biophilia345
Ch. 12Of Life and Artifacts365
Ch. 13Biophilia, Selfish Genes, Shared Values381
Ch. 14Love It or Lose It: The Coming Biophilia Revolution415
Ch. 15Biophilia: Unanswered Questions441
Coda456
About the Contributors459
Index465

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