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Natural considerations: the human ecology of place-making

Faulstich, Paul

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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]

dc.contributor.authorFaulstich, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2004-08-10
dc.date.accessioned2004-09-28T05:09:36Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:55:33Z
dc.date.available2004-09-28T05:09:36Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:55:33Z
dc.date.created2003
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/42130
dc.identifier.urihttp://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/42130
dc.description.abstractIn 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 inherent inclination toward geographical affiliation is part of our evolutionary heritage, is (perhaps) associated with genetic fitness, is related to the human propensity for symbolic reasoning, and provides a basis for a conservation ethic.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.subjectgeophylia
dc.subjectgenetic fitness
dc.subjectsymbolic reasoning
dc.subjecthuman ecology
dc.subjectlandethic
dc.titleNatural considerations: the human ecology of place-making
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationyear2003
local.identifier.eprintid2728
local.rights.ispublishedno
dc.date.issued2003
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.contributor.affiliationCRES
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