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- Publisher: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (24 April 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007WQ1NR4
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The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age Kindle Edition
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""The Nature Principle" manages to both teach and delight. Think of it as a refreshing hike for the mind and soul." --Oprah.com""
"Louv's vision is not a rejection of technology or a back-to-the-land trend like the one that came out of the environmental movement 40 years ago. Instead, he wants to tap nature to boost our mental acuity, creativity and health. At its heart, the movement seeks to replace the apocalyptic vision that modern society has created....[ Louv] outlines this new nature movement, and its potential to improve the lives of all people no matter where they live, in his latest book, ""The Nature Principle."'" -- "McClatchy Newspapers"
"The Nature Principle" tackles the ambitious task of mapping our way to a more connected future . . . Page after page we learn that in working to heal the world through restoration, we end up healing ourselves. "Orion" magazine"
"The Nature Principle" manages to both teach and delight. Think of it as a refreshing hike for the mind and soul. Oprah.com """
Louv s vision is not a rejection of technology or a back-to-the-land trend like the one that came out of the environmental movement 40 years ago. Instead, he wants to tap nature to boost our mental acuity, creativity and health. At its heart, the movement seeks to replace the apocalyptic vision that modern society has created .[ Louv] outlines this new nature movement, and its potential to improve the lives of all people no matter where they live, in his latest book, "The Nature Principle." "McClatchy Newspapers"
An exploration of the many happy repercussions of getting in touch with the environment. Austin Chronicle
Louv describes the many ways in which reconnecting to the natural world is fundamental to human well-being I believe [Louv s] onto something important, and not just for children So consider this a bit of health care advice: Get outside and dive in - nose first. Charlotte Observer
We have created environments that make us sad, fat and unhealthy. Richard Louv has made an insightful diagnosis and offers powerful treatment with the medicine we all need, Vitamin N. -- Richard J. Jackson, MD, Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of PublicHealth
Louv's proposal is for a "renaturing of everyday life," and his lively discussion of how to accomplish this is likely to inspire many readers. His is not a doomsday prognosis but rather an inspired prescription for health, happiness, and a world in which humans and nature are in alignment His last book spurred a movement to get kids outside because to do otherwise "threatens our health, our spirit, our economy and our future stewardship of the environment." Based on the timeliness and breadth of Luov s research, it seems likely that The Nature Principal will build on that momentum and change more than a few lives for the better. ForeWord Reviews"
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Even in watching my own overgrown backyard, I get that feeling as I observe the animal & plant life there, often just observing for an hour or two, from insects to the occasional deer & even foxes that pass through. To say nothing of the many birds that come to our feeders! It doesn't take too long to begin recognizing individuals by their particular markings & behavior, they all have distinct personalities & traits. This also gives me a visceral feeling of oneness with them, in that the human animal isn't terribly different from any other animal. As I've said, it's humbling … but in a way that expands my awareness & sense of kinship.
I'm not quite as sanguine about the author's belief that the digital world & the natural world can form a greater whole; but I'll admit that my own personal bias is making itself felt in that. But if we're to have a world of both Nature & tech, I much prefer the balance to tilt more towards Nature. But this involves a different worldview than our current one, so enmeshed in technology & its myth of perpetual progress; and that's an entirely different book! (See Theodore Roszak's THE VOICE OF THE EARTH for one.)
That said, this is a fine introduction to a wealth of ideas & possibilities for a more natural world, one in which human beings have a chance of approaching sanity & wholeness regarding daily existence. It's not the last word, but the opening statement for further discussion & thought. That's desperately needed in these times -- most highly recommended!
To support this bold claim, he uncovers what is an extremely persuasive body of evidence – theoretical, anecdotal and empirical – that nature really does have a significant power to restore, heal and energize.
If you weren’t already aware of the healing power of nature, you will be even after reading just the first few chapters of this book. The book is based on what Louv has defined in his earlier books as the concept of Nature Deficit Disorder – the gap between people and nature. To restore this gap requires a transformation; a reunion of humans with the rest of nature. Louv seems to be happily devoting his life to helping people identify this gap, and giving them practical ideas how to bridge it.
He asks what our lives would be like if we were as fully immersed in nature as we are in technology. Not that he ever comes across as a 21st century Luddite. On the contrary, Louv is as keen to make optimal use of technological advances as anyone else. But he argues that there has to be more than technology filling our lives, even going as far as saying that “the future will belong to the nature-smart – those individuals, families, businesses and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of nature, and who balance the virtual with the real.”
The Nature Principle is an extremely well-researched book. The author’s thoughts are well-arranged, and he communicates in an easy and persuasive manner. But it’s no “pie in the sky” approach. He is extremely practical about how people can connect with nature, and is particularly passionate about how nature can be introduced into school and college curricula. He would also like to see “time in nature” prescribed by doctors and psychologists, which clearly makes sense.
In my own experience, I fully agree with Louv: “Nature can help us feel fully alive.” Reading this book may be your first step towards agreeing too.
Louv focuses on seven basic concepts that tap into the restorative power of nature. Combining ideas and information from both well-known naturalists through history as well as current research, Louv provides compelling arguments for the importance of the natural world in today's society.
If you're looking for a book to guide the future of the nature movement, this would be a great place to start.
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves nature, for anyone who feels trapped in a big city, and for parents of young children. It's important for kids to have unstructured, imaginative play time outside, and to do this, they must get unplugged from digital devices. This book provides a long list of ways for you and your family to get involved with outdoor activities, and this list would be perfect to present to the family and have each member choose the activity they want to do to get more active outside.
An inspiring book for almost anyone.
A group of people who give public seminars to our community is using the nature principle, Vitamin N, as a basis for improving the instruction in these classes. It is our goal to encourage more people to participate in outdoor gardening activities and this book has given us the evidence we need to make it a factual based series, instead of just opinions.
The book is not an especially "easy read" and sometimes the author goes off on tangents that are more touchy/feely than scientific (the reasons for the 4 stars rather than 5.) But he has done an excellent job of pulling together the evidence for his theories regarding our need for time in nature. I especially appreciate the references he has included so further research is much easier for anyone needing scientific basis for the information.