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The Biophilia Hypothesis : Shearwater Book - Stephen R. Kellert

The Biophilia Hypothesis

Shearwater Book

By: Stephen R. Kellert (Editor), Edward O. Wilson (Editor), Scott McVay (Contribution by), Aaron Katcher (Contribution by), Cecilia McCarthy (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 1st March 1995
ISBN: 9781559631471
Number Of Pages: 496

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"Biophilia" is the term coined by Edward O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life and winner of two Pulitzer prizes, 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. The 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 various 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: people develop fear and even full-blown phobias of snakes and spiders with very little negative reinforcement, while more threatening modern artifacts - knives, guns, automobiles - rarely elicit such a response; people would rather look at water, green vegetation, or flowers than built structures of glass and concrete; and the development of language, myth, and thought appears to be greatly dependent on the use of natural symbols, particularly animals. 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.

Prelude: "A Siamese Connexion with a Plurality of Other Mortals"p. 3
Introductionp. 20
Biophilia and the Conservation Ethicp. 31
The Biological Basis for Human Values of Naturep. 42
Biophilia, Biophobia, and Natural Landscapesp. 73
Humans, Habitats, and Aestheticsp. 138
Dialogue with Animals: Its Nature and Culturep. 173
Searching for the Lost Arrow: Physical and Spiritual Ecology in the Hunter's Worldp. 201
The Loss of Floral and Faunal Story: The Extinction of Experiencep. 229
New Guineans and Their Natural Worldp. 251
On Animal Friendsp. 275
The Sacred Bee, the Filthy Pig, and the Bat Out of Hell: Animal Symbolism as Cognitive Biophiliap. 301
God, Gaia, and Biophiliap. 345
Of Life and Artifactsp. 365
Biophilia, Selfish Genes, Shared Valuesp. 381
Love It or Lose It: The Coming Biophilia Revolutionp. 415
Biophilia: Unanswered Questionsp. 441
Codap. 456
About the Contributorsp. 459
Indexp. 465
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781559631471
ISBN-10: 1559631473
Series: Shearwater Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st March 1995
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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