An eloquent explanation of why human beings need to connect with nature and what is lost when they are disconnected from the natural world Human health and well being are inextricably linked to nature our connection to the natural world is part of our biological inheritance In this engaging book, a pioneer in the field of biophiliathe study of human beings inherent affinity for naturesets forth the first full account of natures powerful influence on the quality of our lives.Stephen Kellert asserts that our capacities to think, feel, communicate, create, and find meaning in life all depend upon our relationship to nature And yet our increasing disconnection and alienation from the natural world reflect how seriously we have undervalued its important role in our lives.Weaving scientific findings together with personal experiences and perspectives, Kellert explores how our humanity in the most fundamental senseincluding our physical health, and capacities for affection, aversion, intellect, control, aesthetics, exploitation, spirituality, and communication are deeply contingent on the quality of our connections to the natural world Because of this dependency, the human species has developed over the course of its evolution an inherent need to affiliate with nature But, like much of what it means to be human, this inborn tendency must be learned to become fully functional In other words, it is a birthright that must be earned.He discusses how we can restore this balance to natureby means of changes in how we raise children, educate ourselves, use land and resources, develop building and community design, practice our ethics, and conduct our everyday lives Kellerts moving book provides exactly what is needed now a fresh understanding of how much our essential humanity relies on being a part of the natural world....
|Title||:||Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press May 27, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||264 pages|
|File Size||:||695 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World Reviews
Western civilization, the last 10,000 years, encompasses .3% of human life on this globe. Human need and capacity is largely determined by the preceding 99.7% of human existence. Stephen Kellert identifies what western civilization has obscured to our individual and collective detriment. This book is among my top ten overall for understanding the dysfunctions of our times.
Kellert distills a large body of historical, ecological and green theological literature, together personal accounts (Interludes) to construct a practical ecological discourse and instrument for measuring our relationship to life and death in the world. At one end we can measure the intensity of the Modern era of abstraction, anthropocentrism, urbanity and death; at the other biophilia, our love of life, living things and the potential act with celebration as a contributor to the living world.
Great book, timely delivery.
Students of E. O. Wilson are translating his discoveries in sociobiology to other disciplines, especially in the new field of biophilia that Wilson created. Wilson defined biophilia as "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.” Stephen Kellert, a former student of Wilson, has been one of Wilson’s foremost and successful advocates. Kellert’s twelfth book, birthright, investigates the love of nature from a psychological and ethical perspective. Wilson’s seminal influence has been branching into disciplines like architecture, environmentalism, anthropology, and even corporate life.
I chose 4 stars instead 5 simply because I haven't finished the book yet. I am hungry to "see" more of the author's narrative of a fictional future which would allow wilderness and city to be intertwined so wonderfully. It is so difficult to see beyond human's destruction of the earth and toward active change to such a thing because we have not been shown such a possibility enough. How would it be? Instead, movies, books are obsessed with earth-destruction thrillers, "I am Legend," "Waterworld," "the book of Eli", you name it...you can't get by seeing such barren landscapes and bleak future for humans to have lost nature-disseminated it. We need to be able to envision a new teaming up with nature and what that world would look like in order to imagine it. We can't create something without a view as to what it may look like. I am enjoying this book very much. I do hope more "future" narratives are within. If not, I'd urge Stephen to write more to show us the wild/nature/human connection living within a newly formed invitation for the wilderness to come live harmoniously among us.
Well written and passionate plea for all of us to reconnect to nature. Nice balance of science and prose to make his case, Kellert reaffirms the benefits and impacts of nature on our lives. Highly recommended!
This is my favorite natural resources topic. A great read!