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The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder Hardcover – May 10 2011


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (May 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565125819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565125810
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Croft on Dec 8 2012
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Everyone needs to read this book. It is fabulous. It really makes you think about how to change your life for the better.
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Fantastic book on the importance of bringing nature home April 20 2011
By Elliott Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Now having read an advanced copy of Louv's new book The Nature Principle, I am moved by his case for bringing nature into our urban centers. Louv is correct that adults need nature too...we need it to weave our affinity for nature together with our day-to-day surroundings. This book is the best overall summary of many different works, and does exceptionally well at revealing the growing body of research around the influence of nature on human health. His findings suggest that a lack of `nature nearby' may be associated with an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, asthma, behavior disorders, depression and a diminished sense of place and community. However, as Louv conveys in his book, he is optimistic the trend can be reversed if we bring nature back into our backyards, neighborhoods, and schools. This book is not simply to be read in passing, but incorporated into our daily experience of life.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Very Pop-Science Feb. 23 2013
By Jasper L. Mcchesney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had never read Louv before; only read of him. And I always seemed to agree with his diagnoses of modern people, especially children: too little nature, too little unstructured time. I bought this book with the hope of it addressing that problem in a social, or at least personal way: what are we going to do about all this? And the introduction was promising.

Sadly, only a few sections resemble that introduction: the chapters dealing with Louv's family and personal experiences are well written and have some real force behind them. But they're only short intermissions between pages and pages of enumeration. The bulk of this book is a catalog of recent scientific experiments, most of which "hint" or "suggest" that nature is good for us in one way or another. The formula is for Louv to tell us about a scientist or institution, describe them, then describe their experiment, then meekly repeat its tentative results. Now science is supposed to be tentative, but I kept thinking (even as someone who fully believes nature is important), "That's it? That's your evidence?" The problem is, I think, the whole approach: Louv likes nature, and he's convinced that only a barrage of science will be adequate for convincing anyone else. I'm trained as a scientist, and yet I don't believe that: maybe we can just, yunno, like nature, and think it's important. Instead Louv falls into a sort of science fetish, especially around new whiz-bang apparatus like neuro-imaging (your thoughts are only valid if we can see what part of your brain "lights up" when you think them). It's all very breathless, with no end of goofy coined phrases -- like a less clever Malcolm Gladwell (who is himself not all that clever).

I don't disagree with Louv in the least. And if you want an armory of studies to throw at other people, this will certainly familiarize you with what's out there. But do I really want to value nature because "vitamin N" might improve my test performance 2%, or increase my seratonin levels? This line of thinking misses the point. And in fact, it falls into just the trap that harms nature the most: quantifying its specific functionality to us, and not actually seeing anything inherently worthwhile in it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great May 28 2011
By Little People - Published on Amazon.com
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I would reccomend the Nature Principal to anyone interested in improving their health and well being of the environment. I am a teacher and I have gotten tons of ideas on how to help my students and families for their homes and the classroom. It is also a great reference book to keep going back to for a lot of home, gardening, and community activities.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Nature Principle May 5 2011
By Amy Beam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every human who has a body, mind and spirit! The Nature Principle is so informative and inspiring. Not only are the authors observations and concerns explored in an easily accessible manner, but they also provoke thoughtful consideration and suggest reasonable action. I had intended to read this book outdoors, but found myself moving inside to my reading lamp as the sun went down! It was too compelling to put down as night fell!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Pull yourself away from electronic connections July 26 2011
By AJ Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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Louv's first "nature volume"(Last Child In the Woods, The Nature-Deficit Disorder)reminded us of the need to get our kids into the outdoors, someway, somehow. Now, he reminds us that we adults need some "nature treatment" ourselves. We have to set the example for our families. He does it in readable/scientific/storytelling way. A fast, easy read? No, not if you want to understand the problems and connections to ADHD and obesity, not only in kids, but adults, too. I recommend both books!

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