Biophilia Benefits in Scone
Featured Image: ‘Biophilia Benefits’ Luna Botanicals.
I admit I’d never heard of it; not until my son-in-law co-authored an erudite medical/scientific application in a peer reviewed international journal based on the principle. Dr Mark De Souza was nominated for a national award 2024 (NT) for his seminal work on the topic at Royal Darwin Regional Hospital.
The term ‘Biophilia’
The term “biophilia” was popularized by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in the 1960s. In his work, he used biophilia (bio, ‘life’ and philia, ‘friendly feeling toward’) to describe the biological drive toward self-preservation. Formally used in Fromm’s The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973), biophilia was defined as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”
In the 1970s American biologist, Edward O. Wilson extended the word’s meaning, to denote “the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.” In his best-known work, Biophilia (1984), Wilson used the term to describe the genetic drive to focus on and affiliate with nature and other life forms. This prompted researchers in a wide range of fields including the built environment to explore the phenomenon.
It crossed my mind that the ‘Revitalisation of Scone’ project embraces many of the same principles although we wouldn’t have realised it at the time?
I don’t think I’ll discuss this with my confreres whom I meet every morning on my peregrinations to the newsagents in Kelly Street. However, I’m anxiously anticipating the final product, hopefully no later than early 2024.