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Unformatted text preview: an egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God. The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental; to be brothers, to be acquaintances, master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance. I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. (“Nature”(1836/1982), p.39). John Muir
• June 5
A magnificent section of the Merced Valley at what is called Horseshoe Bend came full in sight a glorious wilderness that seemed to be calling with a thousand songful voices. Bold, down
sweeping slopes, feathered with pines and clumps of manzanita with sunny open spaces between then, make up most of the foreground, the middle and background present fold beyond fold of finely modeled hills and ridges rising into mountainlike masses in the distance…The whole landscape showed design, like man’s noblest sculptures. How wonderful the power of its beauty! Gazing awestricken, I might have left everything for it. Beauty beyond thought everywhere, beneath, above,made and being made forever. The next day Muir’s meandering immersion in the boundless beauty of the Sierras yielded the following: June 6
We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our fleshandbone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it, thrilling with the air and trees, streams, and rocks, in the waves of the sun – a part of all nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal… How glorious a conversion, so complete and wholesome it is, scarce a memory enough of the old bondage days left as a standpoint to view it from. Darwin in the forest
Darwin in the forest
• It creates a feeling of wonder that so much beauty should be apparently created for so little purpose.” The forest was “a temple filled with varied productions of the God or Nature Wilson: Biophilia (love of nature)
Wilson: Biophilia (love of nature)
• Preferences for resource rich environments: green, water, signs of food The benefits of Green
The benefits of Green
• Frances Kuo (2001) – In green regions of Chicago Housing project, 48% fewer property crimes, 56% fewer violent crimes
– Girls with green views score higher on selfdiscipline, delay of gratification, impulse control, concentration
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2012 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 162 taught by Professor Keltner during the Spring '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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