Your Brain On Nature
For over 2 million years the brain of our genus has been shaped by interaction with the natural environment. For centuries and across cultures, philosophers, physicians, poets, nature writers and romantics have extolled the mentally rejuvenating and uplifting power of time spent in nature. During the industrial revolution and with the rapid expansion of urban centers, some physicians warned that human disconnect from nature was not without peril in the realm of human health and vitality.
But what of the science? Is there scientific credibility to the claims of the ancients? Was Dr. McBride right in his warning that we are squandering vitality with our turn away from nature?
In Your Brain On Nature (Wiley, 2012), Harvard physician Eva M. Selhub and naturopath Alan C. Logan explore the scientific discoveries related to the way in which nature immersion and deprivation can work for or against us in our health and well-being. They also examine the ways in which a contemporary disconnection from nature, driven in part by screen-based gadgetry technology, may be shaping broad environmental attitudes and diminishing legitimate pro-environmental efforts.
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