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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849660395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849660396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,205,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book is about a powerful subliminal urge by our entire species to hang onto our connection to the natural world, as we are pulled deeper into the digital age...It is good to find someone like Thomas who loves nature but is not an anti-technologist. Her book is the beginning of a line of thinking that needs to be expanded by those who are deeply concerned about the effects of our addiction to technology. The book reinforces the idea that if human problems are exacerbated by technology, as they certainly are, doesn't it make sense to use technology to ameliorate human problems...Thomas book is filled with well-documented, transdisciplinary, theoretical arguments for the many researchers who should begin working in this field;, but it is a good read for general audiences...I kept reading because I want to see where the personal story leads. What happens to her suggest some things that we ought to make happen for ourselves far more often than we do." - Gregory Davis, "Psychology Today""" "[Susan Thomas] discusses the biophilic needs of a huge number of users, arguing that restorative qualities of nature affect brain functioning capacities. And after an articulate discourse involving quite different cultural fields, it's clear that integrating these two planets (as she defines them: the one "beneath our feet" and the one "inside our machines"), should be the most natural way to balance our digital life, rather than drastic 'digital detox' cures, or addictive indulgence in self-gratifying screen-based loops." - Alessandro Ludovico, "Neural"

The book is about a powerful subliminal urge by our entire species to hang onto our connection to the natural world, as we are pulled deeper into the digital age...It is good to find someone like Thomas who loves nature but is not an anti-technologist. Her book is the beginning of a line of thinking that needs to be expanded by those who are deeply concerned about the effects of our addiction to technology. The book reinforces the idea that if human problems are exacerbated by technology, as they certainly are, doesn't it make sense to use technology to ameliorate human problems...Thomas book is filled with well-documented, transdisciplinary, theoretical arguments for the many researchers who should begin working in this field;, but it is a good read for general audiences...I kept reading because I want to see where the personal story leads. What happens to her suggest some things that we ought to make happen for ourselves far more often than we do. "Gregory Davis, Psychology Today"

[Susan Thomas] discusses the biophilic needs of a huge number of users, arguing that restorative qualities of nature affect brain functioning capacities. And after an articulate discourse involving quite different cultural fields, it's clear that integrating these two planets (as she defines them: the one "beneath our feet" and the one "inside our machines"), should be the most natural way to balance our digital life, rather than drastic digital detox' cures, or addictive indulgence in self-gratifying screen-based loops "Alessandro Ludovico, Neural""

"The book is about a powerful subliminal urge by our entire species to hang onto our connection to the natural world, as we are pulled deeper into the digital age...It is good to find someone like Thomas who loves nature but is not an anti-technologist. Her book is the beginning of a line of thinking that needs to be expanded by those who are deeply concerned about the effects of our addiction to technology. The book reinforces the idea that if human problems are exacerbated by technology, as they certainly are, doesn't it make sense to use technology to ameliorate human problems...Thomas book is filled with well-documented, transdisciplinary, theoretical arguments for the many researchers who should begin working in this field;, but it is a good read for general audiences...I kept reading because I want to see where the personal story leads. What happens to her suggest some things that we ought to make happen for ourselves far more often than we do." --Gregory Davis, Psychology Today

"[Susan Thomas] discusses the biophilic needs of a huge number of users, arguing that restorative qualities of nature affect brain functioning capacities. And after an articulate discourse involving quite different cultural fields, it's clear that integrating these two planets (as she defines them: the one "beneath our feet" and the one "inside our machines"), should be the most natural way to balance our digital life, rather than drastic 'digital detox' cures, or addictive indulgence in self-gratifying screen-based loops" --Alessandro Ludovico, Neural

About the Author

Sue Thomas is a Research Professor of New Media in the Institute of Creative Technologies and the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University, UK. Her research interests include biophilia, social media, transliteracy, transdisciplinarity and future foresight. Her previous books include Correspondence (1992), short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, and Hello World: travels in virtuality (2004), a travelogue/memoir of life online. She lives in Bournemouth, Dorset. www.suethomas.net


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