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The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorderby Richard Louv
The Nature Principle will likely bring out a bit of your inner hippie. You'll want to step outside, close your eyes, and listen to the wind, just for a minute, before embarking on a mission to reinvent how, when, and how often you and yours interact with the natural world. Full of valuable information, this book manages to both inspire and challenge without an undercurrent of environmentalist guilt-trippery a holy grail of potential for changing the future of humanity.
Synopses & Reviews
The immediacy of Richard Louv's message in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized an international movement to reconnect children with nature. Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv reaches even further with a powerful call to action for the rest of us.
Our society, says Louv, has developed such an outsized faith in technology that we have yet to fully realize or even adequately study how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. As he says in his introduction, The Nature Principle is "about the power of living in nature--not with it, but in it. We are entering the most creative period in history. The twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world."
Richard Louv makes a convincing case that through a nature-balanced existence--driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions--the human race can and will thrive. This timely, inspiring, and important work will give readers renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live.
"In this sanguine, wide-ranging study of how humans can thrive through the 'renaturing of everyday life,' Louv takes nature deficit disorder, introduced in his seminal Last Child in the Woods, a step further, to argue that adults need nature, too. 'A reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health,' he writes, asking, 'What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in electronics?' Louv's 'Nature Principle' consists of seven precepts, including balancing technology excess with time in nature; a mind/body/nature connection, which Louv calls 'vitamin N,' that enhances physical and mental health; expanding our sense of community to include all living things; and purposefully developing a spiritual, psychological, physical attachment to a region and its natural history. The book presents examples of these precepts, from studies of how exposure to a common soil bacteria increases production of serotonin in the brain to designing shopping malls inspired by termite mounds. Although lightweight for longtime nature lovers, the book may be just what our high-tech, urban culture needs to bring us down to earth. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Louv's vital, inclusive, and inspiriting call to better our lives by celebrating and protecting the living world marks the way to profound personal and cultural transformation." Booklist (Starred Review)
Book News Annotation:
Louv, who introduced the term "nature-deficit disorder" in his 2005 bestseller Last Child in the Woods, continues his message of the extreme importance of a connection with nature. To this end he describes the "Nature Principle" which says that reconnecting to nature is paramount to our survival as a species. Advocating a "re-naturing" of everyday life, he proposes seven concepts: 1) Technology must be balanced by nature; the more technology you use, the more nature you need. 2) The mind/body/nature connection makes you healthier. (Vit N) 3) Having both experience in nature and knowledge of technology will make us more intelligent and productive (hybrid mind). 4) Community will come to include all living things when nature and technology are balanced. 5) Natural history will be as important as human history. 6) Biophilic design will connect people to nature, save energy and make people more productive. 7) Motivated people will conserve and also create natural habitats. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthys The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that will touch every part of society.
This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.
Argues that, by replicating the balance of nature in their own bodies and minds, people can be smarter, healthier, more creative and happier.
About the Author
Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of seven books about the connections between family, nature, and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Nature-deficit disorder for adults — Pt. 1: Nature neurons: intelligence, creativity, and the hybrid mind. Singing for bears ; The hybrid mind — Pt. 2: Vitamin N: tapping the power of the natural world for our physical, emotional, and family fitness. The garden ; Fountains of life ; Re-naturing the psyche ; The deep green high ; The nature prescription — Pt. 3: Near is the new far: knowing who you are by knowing where you are. Searching for your one true place ; The incredible experience of being where you are ; Welcome to the neighborhood ; The purposeful place ; The bonding — Pt. 4: Creating everyday Eden: high-tech/high-nature design where we live, work, and play. The Nature Principle at home ; Stop, look up, and listen ; Nature neurons go to work ; Living in a restorative city ; Little suburb on the prairie — Pt. 5: The high-performance human: making a living, a life, and a future. Vitamin N for the soul ; All rivers run to the future ; The right to a walk in the woods ; Where mountains once were and rivers will be.
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