A fine memoir by one of America’s foremost evolutionary biologists. E. O. Wilson defines biophilia as ‘the innate tendency [in human beings] to focus on life and. The term was later used by American biologist Edward O. Wilson in his work Biophilia (), which proposed that the tendency of humans to. Join in on the adventure! Become a member for special invites to events throughout the year! . Plus Receive discounts on. -Summer Day Camps. -5K Trail Run.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Biophilia by Edward O. Biophilia by Edward O. The eminent biologist reflects on his own response to nature and the aesthetic aspects of his exploration of natural systems in an intensely personal essay that examines the essential links between mankind and the rest of the living world.
Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Harvard University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Biophiliaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 09, Ted rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I will be so bold as to define biophilia as the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes. Wilson, September Wiki, Acghost Edward Osborne Wilson born June 10, is an American biologist, researcher sociobiology, biodiversity, island biogeographytheorist consilience, biophilianaturalist conservationist and author.
Wiki When I started reading Biophilia I was wary of the possibility that it might be dated. He addresses the question of species I will be so bold as to define biophilia as the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes. He addresses the question of species extinction and loss of biodiversity throughout the book, and though he expresses vast concern about both, Wilson is also here and there optimistic.
What would he think now, thirty years on? So, to digress briefly, his best books by decade according to the reviewer, who has only read one of them Pres: The Future of Life s: It is a memoir, a statement of philosophical and ethical positions, sprinkled with themes from years of field observations.
In The Superorganism he uses his world famous knowledge of the field of myrmecology the study of ants to relate many of the astounding details of the workings of leafcutter ants, emphasizing the idea that both individually if that even makes sense for these creatures and collectively, the life cycle of a colony is like nothing so much as the workings of a chemical machine.
Another chapter tells of the male Emperor of Germany bird of paradise, and its elaborate courtship ritual. Over the last few pages Wilson presents a small essay on the way in which science can focus in on the details of all the microscopic events which culminate in the courting dance; and then backs off from this description to explain how this analytic part of the science can be followed by a synthetic step which will return to the beauty of the image we perceive: I symmetric fashion, with each redirection of the humanities, science will add dimensions to human biology.
This leads directly into The Poetic Speciesa lengthy narrative which includes reflections about Carl Sagan, Einstein, Max Plank; the importance of elegance and metaphor in the scientific enterprise; thoughts and ideas of T. In principle at least, nothing can be denied to the humanities, nothing to science. In the final three chapters Wilson begins to turn back toward a deeper examination of biophilia. It cascades into repetitive patterns of culture across most or all societies, a consistency often noted in the literature of anthropology.
These processes appear to be part of the programs of the brain. They are marked by the quickness and decisiveness with which we learn particular things about certain types of plants and animals.
They are too consistent to be dismissed as the result of purely historical events working on a mental blank slate. Animals have a built in genetic ability to seek out the environment that maximizes their chances to survive example as minute as colon bacteria. Its maturation is linked to that of biology and a new hybrid field, bioethics.
Bioethics is now mostly concerned with a great range of medical issues. The drive toward perpetual expansion — or biophliia freedom — is basic to the human spirit. But to sustain it we need the most delicate, knowing stewardship of the living world that can be devised. Expansion and stewardship may appear at first to be conflicting goals, but they are not.
The depth of the conservation ethic will be measured by the extent to which each of the two approaches to nature is boiphilia to reshape and reinforce the other. The paradox can be resolved by changing its premises into forms more bjophilia to biopholia survival, by which I mean protection of the human spirit.
Annie Dillard and Jacob Bronowski. View all 20 comments. Feb 20, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: Do you suppose, if Fdward admit that I find it a bit difficult to hold my attention to an E. Wilson book for long periods of time, that they will take away my science writing license? I sure hope not, because I’m about to do just that. This is not, however, I think Wilson’s fault. Wilson is a god, a Titan, among science communications and general scientists, and I adore him as a human being and a leader.
I’ve heard him speak, and it was wonderful. I think, for me, his books suffer from being almost Do you suppose, if I admit that I find it a bit difficult to hold my attention to an E. I think, for me, his books suffer from being almost too true. So much of Biophilia is so fundamental to my life and belief system that it’s a little difficult to read.
It’d be like if someone tried to get you to read a treatise on why recycling or composing is a good idea. You support them, clearly, but reading the arguments you’ve heard and given! Wilson is a very gifted writer and communicator, and much of his text is eminently quotable, but. It is very quotable, and at some point you sacrifice the flow of the narrative to it. These are meant to be essays, though, so perhaps the flow isn’t as important as the quotability at all.
Perhaps these are meant to be more savored than read, meditations and poems rather than stories. After all, no one complains that the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” or the “Star-Spangled Banner” aren’t sufficiently easy to sing. In fact, perhaps its churlish of me to complain.
Maybe I’m not Wilson’s target audience at all. I’ve already been converted. I believe with all my heart and soul and body and existence that humans are drawn to, and part of, the natural world, and that we would shrivel without it. I support superorganisms, and evolution at the group level, and altruism. With all that said, this is a tremendously important book, and a colossally important idea. It’s very important to have read, even if you don’t luxuriate in the reading of it. And perhaps I am too jaded to appreciate the work properly.
Mar 04, Dave Angelini rated it it was amazing. This a book about an important idea.
So before giving that away, I want to add a disclaimer. I am not trained as a philosopher or historian of science, but I am a academic biologists and a “concerned citizen” when it comes eeward ideas. My impression looking back at the 20th century is that is was characterized by the use of science as a justification to divorce humanity from the natural world.
Wilson argues in Biophilia that this is a misappropriation of science, particularly biology.
He argues tha This a book about an important idea. He argues that humanity’s future just as its origins must be rooted in a co-existance with nature. This is the intellectual idea, but beyond this he argues passionately that the happiness and psychological well-being of each of us is tied to our relationship with nature.
This seems to me to be a very important idea for everyone to consider seriously and feel deeply. Apr 04, Barrett Doherty rated it it was amazing. Wilson, one of the preeminent naturalists of our time, proposed the idea of biophilia in this landmark book in Wilson defines biophilia “as the urge to associate with other forms of life. The book is a collection of short essays reflecting on his experiences and observations over his long and distinguished career studying social insects, particular E.
The book is a collection of short essays reflecting on his experiences and observations over his long and distinguished career studying social insects, particularly ants. I found “The Right Place” essay to be particularly compelling. Wilson successfully argues in “The Right Place” that humanity’s roots and biological connection with our origins in the savannas of Africa edeard elsewhere is strongly reflected in our sense of parks and the most desirable places to live.
The savanna offers wide open space with good visibility in all directions and isolated clumps biiphilia trees for shelter from the sun. Our ancestors chose the savanna over the adjoining forest and desert to live. High ground offers a particular advantage on the savannas due to its prominence for both biophulia and defense. And of course, water is also a very desirable resource. Parks, our idealized sense of nature, strongly reflect these principles of open space punctuated with stands of trees with elevations and water.
Wilson also notes that the wealthy, those of us least encumbered by economic restraints, frequently choose to live in areas that are on high ground with an exceptional view and often times overlooking bodies of water.
This is wklson in response to our biological coding of edwxrd deep native habitat. The essays “The Superorganism” about leaf cutter ants in the Amazon and their physical and social behaviors is also noteworthy as is the chapter “The Serpent” which examines mankind’s and our close cousins powerful and fraught relationship with snakes.
Biophilia, is a compelling book about our natural human relationship to the world that surrounds us. Wilson is a keen humanist and highly observant scientist who illuminates some of our deeper connections with the natural world and ourselves. Jan 03, Betsy rated it really liked it.