The Nature Principle

The Nature Principle

Human Restoration and the End of Nature-deficit Disorder

eBook - 2011
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In this book the author argues that a strong connection to nature is essential for human health. Supported by research, anecdotal evidence, and personal stories, the author shows 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. He outlines seven precepts he calls the "Nature Principle", which include balancing technology excess with time in nature; a mind/body/nature connection, which he 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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781616200756
Branch Call Number: Downloadable eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 317 p.)


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Dec 04, 2017

Rich Louv is a writer--on a wide variety of topics, including the joys of fishing--who is way ahead of pretty much everyone else. He laid groundwork for America II in the very early 1980s as a newspaper series, outlining the radically changing shape and function of American metropolitan areas before almost anyone else apparently noticed, or at least noted. His Last Child in the Woods was an instant, best-selling classic, stimulating the creation of hundreds of programs nationwide to introduce children to the wonders of our natural world.
The Nature Principle is a companion piece of Last Child for adults. And do we need it in these stressful times! Especially if you are feeling unsettled about your life right now, this book might really help.

Apr 24, 2012

Louv is making a living out of writing about "living green" or some such. He really has little of substance to add to what he's written before, but seems to pompously add more hot air than substance. His devotion to matters spiritual has grown and thus undermines his effort to render a scientific cast to his "wisdom".

Jul 07, 2011

Enjoyed this book. Uses published research and common sense to explain concepts. I get more frustrated with what we (especially ME) are doing to the planet all the time.


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