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Natural considerations: the human ecology of place-making

Faulstich, Paul


In this paper I examine the relationship between 'person' and 'place', and I propose that the experience of nature helps humans fulfil emotional and cognitive needs. I suggest that detailed knowledge of 'place' nurtures the development of a land ethic and consequentially is a critical component of efforts to preserve wildness. Extrapolating from E.O. Wilson's concept of biophilia (1984), I propose that geophilia is a biologically based tendency to emotionally associate with landscape. This...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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