Freely Living Life recently had a great post on nature and wilderness. I read the post while sitting on our terrace in the Dominican Republic, listening to a crashing ocean accompanied by Dominican crickets. I am a lover of science and am convinced that the scientific method is the best tool we have for analyzing evidence and approaching truth. Sometimes when you see a magic trick and then learn about the black thread or trapdoor, the mystery suddenly evaporates. One of my favorite things about science is its enhancement of my sense of wonder about the natural world.
Edwin O. Wilson introduced the Biophilia Hypothesis in his 1984 book Biophilia (clever title, I know). He suggests that there is a natural bond between human beings and other living systems. The hypothesis is tough to evidence, however I strongly feel that connection when I see, hear, touch, and smell the natural world. Science adds another layer of understanding to the things I experience, but does not detract from – and for me, enhances – the sense of wonder brought about by nature. We know so much more than any generation that preceded ours, and there is so much more to explore. That is exciting!
posted by jayhorowitz