Saturday, February 16, 2013

Biophilia, or a syndrome I'm definitely okay with having

Image and quote via io9

In an interview with NOVA, ecologist E.O. Wilson explains "what would happen to people and society if we continue to distance ourselves from nature and 'let our biophilia atrophy.'"

There's now a lot of concern, even consternation, among not just naturalists and poets and outdoors professionals but spreading through I think a better part of the educated public, that we've cut ourselves off from something vital to full human psychological and emotional development. I think that the author of Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv, hit on something, because it became such a popular theme to talk about that book [which posits that children today suffer from what Louv calls "nature-deficit disorder"] that people woke up and said, "Yeah, something's wrong."

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