Humans

Do All Humans Have Biophilia?

Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day.

The biophilia hypothesis was popularized in 1984 in a book by Edward O. Wilson. It proposes that humanity has an innate affinity with nature and other living things, perhaps even to the point where disconnection from these things can impact our health and psyches. The hypothesis also states that our attraction to life helps to sustain life: because we are drawn to animals and plants, we feel the need to preserve them (and in some cases, keep them in our homes!).

Share the knowledge!

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Writer Richard Louv coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder in 2005. 00:31

  2. Research suggests that walking in nature (as opposed to an urban environment) could help with emotional regulation. 01:05

  3. Natural floral smells have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. 02:16

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.

Advertisement