The Rediscovery of the Wild

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Peter H. Kahn, Patricia H. Hasbach
MIT Press, 2013 - Nature - 250 pages

A compelling case for connecting with the wild, for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species

We often enjoy the benefits of connecting with nearby, domesticated nature--a city park, a backyard garden. But this book makes the provocative case for the necessity of connecting with wild nature--untamed, unmanaged, not encompassed, self-organizing, and unencumbered and unmediated by technological artifice. We can love the wild. We can fear it. We are strengthened and nurtured by it. As a species, we came of age in a natural world far wilder than today's, and much of the need for wildness still exists within us, body and mind. The Rediscovery of the Wild considers ways to engage with the wild, protect it, and recover it--for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species.

The contributors offer a range of perspectives on the wild, discussing such topics as the evolutionary underpinnings of our need for the wild; the wild within, including the primal passions of sexuality and aggression; birding as a 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 of conservation.


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9 Five Feathers for the Cannot Club
10 The Rewilding of the Human Species
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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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