The Rediscovery of the Wild

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Peter H. Kahn, Patricia H. Hasbach
MIT Press, 2013 - Nature - 250 pages
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We often enjoy the benefits of connecting with nearby, domesticated nature -- a citypark, a backyard garden. But this book makes the provocative case for the necessity of connectingwith wild nature -- untamed, unmanaged, not encompassed, self-organizing, and unencumbered andunmediated by technological artifice. We can love the wild. We can fear it. We are strengthened andnurtured by it. As a species, we came of age in a natural world far wilder than today's, and much ofthe need for wildness still exists within us, body and mind. T he Rediscovery of theWild considers ways to engage with the wild, protect it, and recover it -- for ourpsychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species. The contributors offer a rangeof perspectives on the wild, discussing such topics as the evolutionary underpinnings of our needfor the wild; the wild within, including the primal passions of sexuality and aggression; birding asa portal to wildness; children's fascination with wild animals; wildness and psychological healing;the shifting baseline of what we consider wild; and the true work ofconservation.

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Contents

A Scientists Lessons about Wolves and Wild Nature
1
2 The Wild and the Self
27
3 The Old Rules
51
4 Wild Wings
71
5 Children and Wild Animals
93
6 Living Out of Our Minds
119
7 A Wild Psychology
139
8 Culture and the Wild
157
9 Five Feathers for the Cannot Club
181
10 The Rewilding of the Human Species
207
Name Index
233
Subject Index
241
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Peter H. Kahn, Jr., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the HumanInteraction with Nature and Technological Systems Laboratory at the University of Washington. Kahnand Hasbach are coeditors of Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the TechnologicalSpecies (MIT Press, 2012).

Patricia H. Hasbach is a licensed clinical psychotherapist in private practice in Eugene, Oregon, and an adjunct faculty member at Lewis and Clark College and Antioch University Seattle. Kahn and Hasbach are coeditors of Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (MIT Press, 2012).

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