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    Dialogo, UChicago Social Sciences Sometimes a quick walk through nature helps relieve the stress of city life. But what exactly is nature? Why does it help? And how might cities be designed to give people a better experience in the first place? Those are questions being asked by faculty in the Division...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom Research Forum 2017: Kathryn Schertz (video)

    A thought in the park: The influence of naturalness and low level visual features on expressed thought The following is a recorded presentation of Kathryn Schertz, Doctoral Student in the Environmental Neuroscience Lab from the University of Chicago at the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Discovering Nature's Wisdom

    By Anitha Pailoor, Deccan Herald While many people from villages dream of coming to metros for employment, Anitha Pailoor discovers how a family in Ranebennur is self-sustained and satisfied with their unconventional, rustic lives. The yield of pearl millet touched one quintal this time. But the harvest...
     Posted by: brendah
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  • Loving Sophia and Loving Nature: A Meditation (2018)

    This informal reflection examines the relationship between "loving wisdom" or Sophia on the one hand, and our care/concern for Nature on the other.
    (My publication) Posted by: sdsteel
  • Ecophronesis: The ecological practical wisdom for and from ecological practice (2016)

    Abstract: This essay addresses three questions pertaining to the assertion that ecological wisdom connotes both Platonian sophia (theoretical wisdom) and Aristotelian phronesis (practical wisdom): What is Aristotelian phronesis in the context of ecological wisdom? Why should it be juxtaposed with sophia...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Ecological and Social Wisdom in Camel Praise Poetry Sung by Afar Nomads of Ethiopia (2016)

    Abstract: Understanding environmental philosophies and wisdom of tribal communities provides insights into sustainable ways of living and conservation. Many tribal communities rely on oral traditions for storage and communication of ecological, cultural, and religious wisdom. An evaluation of the Gāli...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Sustainability: Ethics and the Future (2013)

    Abstract: Sustainable development is essentially about taking a view of future generations of people inhabiting the world. It is also about defining actions in the present time of achieving the desired goal of bequeathing a livable world for the future. The view has to revolve around how much importance...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Interacting with Nature Improves Cognition and Affect in Depressed Individuals (2012)

    Abstract: Background This study aimed to explore whether walking in nature may be beneficial for individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD). Healthy adults demonstrate significant cognitive gains after nature walks, but it was unclear whether those same benefits would be achieved in a depressed...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Attending to Nature: Empathetic Engagement with the More than Human World (2009)

    By Lori Gruen Val Plumwood urged us to attend to earth others in non-dualistic ways. In this essay I suggest that such attention be promoted through what I call "engaged empathy." Engaged empathy involves critical attention to the conditions that undermine the well being or flourishing of those...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: Cait
  • The cognitive benefits of interacting with nature (2008)

    Abstract: We compare the restorative effects on cognitive functioning of interactions with natural versus urban environments. Attention restoration theory (ART) pro- vides an analysis of the kinds of environments that lead to improvements in directed-attention abilities. Nature, which is filled with...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess (2008)

    A founder of the Deep Ecology Movement, Arne Naess' has produced articles on environmentalism that have provided unmatched inspiration for ecologists, philosophers, and activists worldwide. This collection amasses a definitive group of Naess' most important works in which he calls for nonviolent...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
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  • Can being in nature foster wisdom?

    Community Contribution by Sally Perkins The complexities of wisdom may lead some to argue that wisdom cannot be taught . While knowledge can be acquired from books by anyone who is willing to do the reading, wisdom appears to be a much broader and vague concept. It involves the ability to apply your...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
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