Independently published, 2021 ISBN: 979-8481224206 Reviewed by Chris Holmes ___________________________________________________________________________________________ [...]
Moon Books, 2022 ISBN:978-1789048308 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk McCain [...]
‘Nature Is Never Silent: how animals and plants communicate with each other’ by Madlen Ziege, translated by Alexandra Roesch
Scribe UK, 2021-10-31 ISBN: 978-1913348243 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk [...]
‘To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest’ by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Timber Press, 2021 ISBN: 978-1643261324 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk [...]
‘Rebugging the Planet: The Remarkable Things that Insects (and Other Invertebrates) Do – And Why We Need to Love Them More’ by Vicki Hird
Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 2021 ISBN: 978-1645020189 Reviewed by [...]
The Science Bookshelf, 2021 ISBN: 9781733499910 Reviewed by Marian [...]
Inner Traditions, 1994 ISBN 9780892815104 Reviewed by Stephen Wollaston (aka [...]
‘The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe’ by Jeremy Lent.
Profile Books, 2021-07-27 ISBN: 978-1788165648 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk [...]
Prometheus Books, 2017 ISBN: 978-1633882935 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need’ by Bill Gates
Allen Lane, 2021 ISBN: 978-0241448304 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
Icon Books Ltd, 2020 ISBN: 978-1785786273 Reviewed by Marian Van [...]
Two Roads (2020) ISBN 978-1529350395 Reviewed by Piers Warren _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This [...]
‘Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures’ by Merlin Sheldrake
Bodley Head, 2020 ISBN: 978-1847925190 Reviewed [...]
Foreword by Alice Roberts Thames & Hudson, 2015 [...]
‘The Reindeer Chronicles: And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth’ by Judith Schwartz
Chelsea Green, 2020 ISBN: 978-1603588652 Reviewed by Marian [...]
Bloomsbury, 2014 ISBN: 978-1472924018 Reviewed by Brendan James ______________________________________________________________________________________________ [...]
Chelsea Green, 2020 ISBN: 978-1603589963 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk McCain [...]
‘Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature’ by Sajah Popham
North Atlantic Books, 2019 ISBN: 978-1623173135 Reviewed by Emma Farrell [...]
Bloomsbury Wildlife, 2019 ISBN: 978-1472957344 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk [...]
Hamish Hamilton, 2019 ISBN: 978-0241143803 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
The Bodley Head, 2018 (first published in Germany as [...]
North Atlantic Books, 2018 ISBN: 9781623170479 Reviewed by Marian [...]
Picador, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-5098-0509-9 Reviewed by Marian [...]
Allen Lane, 2018 ISBN: 978-0241254684 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
William Collins (2017) ISBN: 978-0008226299 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
North Atlantic Books, 2019 ISBN: 978-1623172985 Reviewed by Trevor Sharman [...]
Columbia University Press ISBN: 978-0231176989 Reviewed by [...]
North Atlantic Books, 2018 ISBN: 978–1623172480 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
Faber & Faber, 2018 ISBN: 978-0571336777 Reviewed by Ian Mowll [...]
Henry Holt & Co (2015) ISBN: 978-0-8050-9888-4 [...]
Coronet, 2017 ISBN: 9781473630109 Reviewed by Marian Van [...]
Permanent Publications, 2017 ISBN: 978 1 85623 309 [...]
Chelsea Green, 2017 ISBN: 97811603587464 Reviewed by Marian [...]
ECW Press, 2017 ISBN: 9781770412392 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk McCain [...]
‘Raised By Animals: The Surprising New Science Of Animal Family Dynamics’ by Jennifer L. Verdolin (with a Foreword by Marc Bekoff)
The Experiment, April 2017 ISBN: 978-1615193448 Reviewed by Marian Van Eyk [...]
Yale University Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-0300218152 Reviewed by Marian Van [...]
A physicist and a professor of molecular biology lead us into a new scientific world in which physics and biology talk to one another – and the results are very exciting. In the past quantum physics pretty much had the monopoly of physics, and biology was limited to the world of classical science. The experiments by which the quantum world was understood required very precise conditions which are not found in the messy world of Nature. However, as this book demonstrates life at every level depends on the movement of fundamental particles that are governed by quantum rules.
As twigs from the same branch of the same family tree, we have the same instincts, the same repertoire of feelings, the same traits, and many of the same behavioural tendencies as many other species. Such qualities as fidelity, loyalty, morality and altruism are alive and well amongst our quadripedal relatives and the lines dividing us from them are in fact very thin ones. This compact and comprehensive book describes many feelings and behaviours our non-human relatives share with us such as those relating to justice, sex, love, fear, grief, envy and jealousy. This is a readable, interesting and straightforward book backed up with an extensive collection of scientific references.
In this fascinating and intensively-researched book, Jennifer Ackerman delves deeply into the minds and abilities of our feathered companions and reveals some of the remarkable discoveries that have been made in recent years about the true nature and extent of avian intelligence. Once we learn to stop defining intelligence in terms of what we excel at and study birds on their own terms, there is a wealth of fascinating information to be gained.
This ebook is about the Universe Story (the story as revealed by science from the Big Bang to the present day) and how it can inspire us in our lives and help to create a better world.
‘Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence’ by Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen and Cliff Bowman
We have, in our western society, the god of science. So often we hear “scientists say…” in the press. And, for many people, this implies a statement of authority. But the problem is that western science is essentially value-less. This mind-set has led to such things as testing on animals, factory farming and the proliferation of deadly weapons. How did we get to this place and what can be done about it? Whilst the book covers a lot of territory, this is the key question it addresses.
‘A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom–Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories’ by David Young, Robert Rogers and Russell Willier
pbk 328 pp North Atlantic Books 2015 ISBN: 978-1583949030 Reviewed [...]
This would be a good book for study in schools because it offers scientific and technical information about ecology, sociology and psychology at a level that is very accessible. The author, a Scottish environmentalist, relates this to the inner life and thence the outward actions of all of us. Essentially, it’s a book about climate change and the human mind-set that has brought it about but continues to deny any responsibility. It also gives us constructive suggestions for a way forward.
As an environmental lawyer, Canadian writer David Boyd knows full well that much of the environmental news these days is bad news. However he also knows that although news tends to make more compelling headlines than good news, there is good news to be found. Although we have a very, very long way to go, it is a fact that: From air pollution to safe drinking water, from greener cities to renewable energy, we've made remarkable but widely underacknowledged progress. And his aim was to document as many examples of this kind of good news as he could fit between two covers.
Ranging as it does from in-depth explanations of neuropsychological processes to personal stories from surfers, divers, fishermen, sailors and others, this book is so impressively comprehensive that it could easily have been subtitled 'Everything you always wanted to know about our human relationship to water and lots more that you never even imagined.'
‘The Practitioner’s Encyclopedia of Flower Remedies: The Definitive Guide to All Flower Remedies, their Making and Uses’ by Clare G. Harvey
Clare Harvey writes that Dr Bach told her grandmother that though his essences were complete in themselves in the future there would be the need for essences from all over the world. Over the last 30 or so years there has been a worldwide explosion of new essences so that from the first 28 discovered by Dr Bach there are now literally thousands. In this compilation the writer has collected over 3,000 essences and combination remedies and listed them by continent and producer with the explanations and applications provided by their suppliers. Each section has its own introduction and the whole provides a very comprehensive reference book.
‘The Triumph of Seeds: How grains, nuts, kernels, pulses and pips conquered Nature and shaped human history’ by Thor Hanson
Just as William Blake talked about seeing the world in a grain of sand, Thor Hanson is able to see the whole world in a seed. And through his writing, he opens that world to us. From the tiniest, almost invisible seed of an epiphytic orchid to the forty-pound coco de mer, seeds come in all shapes and sizes and colours and employ an amazing diversity of methods for dispersing themselves and finding their way to somewhere they can germinate and grow. On that search and that settlement of seed into soil, now rests the whole of life on land—our own human lives included.
Most urban spaces and buildings in the West are designed and built with no sensitivity whatsoever to these subtle energy currents. Which is why Jaime Lerner's book is called 'Acupuncture'. It is all about bringing life back into dead spaces and restoring the flow of energy to places where it has been blocked or stifled. Lerner, who was three times mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, and is also an architect and a popular advocate for sustainable and liveable urbanism, describes how some city planners have worked to restore life and dynamism to ailing urban areas.
‘Collected Papers of Michael E. Soulé: Early Years in Modern Conservation Biology’ by Michael, E. Soulé
This book contains skilfully collected presentations of the many faceted concerns of conservation combined with peer-reviewed scientific research in the broadest areas of biology, environmental studies and genetics. With well prepared overviews and summary paragraphs of the fourteen presented papers, the book serves as an essential text book for students of conservation biology and also as a fascinating general knowledge source for any layperson interested in the multitude of synchronous and symbiotic relationships within the plant and animal kingdoms and in the concept of the planet as a living, holistic being. It is a collection that would provide stimulating reading for anyone seeking deeper understanding of the ways in which the strands of the web of life are woven together.
Growing plants, particularly as food, can enable wonderful insight into the processes of life. Biodynamics, which links our work as gardeners to our cosmic context and to microscopic processes is a powerful invitation to step into a sense of the sacredness and wonder of these processes.