The eight master lessons of nature : what nature teaches us about living well in the world / Gary Ferguson.

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  • Author(s): Ferguson, Gary, 1956-, author
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Information:
    New York, New York : Dutton, [2019]
  • Publication Date:
    2019
  • Physical Description:
    xxi, 249 pages : 22 cm
  • Publication Type:
    Book
  • Document Type:
    Non-fiction
  • Subject Terms:
  • Additional Information
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A riveting manifesto for the millions of people who long to forge a more vital, meaningful connection to the natural world to live a better, more fulfilling life. Looking around at the world today--a world of skyscrapers, super highways, melting ice caps, and rampant deforestation--it is easy to feel that humanity has actively severed its ties with nature. It's no wonder that we are starving to rediscover a connection with the natural world. With new insights into the inner workings of nature's wonders, Gary Ferguson presents a fascinating exploration into how many of the most remarkable aspects of nature are hardwired into our very DNA. What emerges is a dazzling web of connections that holds powerful clues about how to better navigate our daily lives. Through cutting-edge data and research, drawing on science, psychology, history, and philosophy, The Eight Master Lessons of Nature will leave readers with a feeling of hope, excitement, and joy. It is a dazzling statement about the powers of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness that come from reclaiming our relationship with Mother Nature. Lessons about mystery, loss, the fine art of rising again, how animals make us smarter, and how the planet's elders make us better at life are unforgettable and transformative."--Publisher's website.
    • Content Notes:
      Mystery: wisdom begins when we embrace all that we don't know -- Life on Earth thrives thanks to a vast garden of connections -- The more kinds of life in the forest, the stronger that life becomes -- Healing the planet, and ourselves, means recovering the feminine -- Our animal cousins make us happier - and smarter -- We live on a planet with energy beyond measure, yet life doesn't waste a drop -- After disaster and disruption: nature teaches us the fine art of rising again -- Old growth: the planet's elders can help us be better at life -- Afterword: nature's beauty holds every lesson.
    • ISBN:
      9781524743383
      1524743380
    • Accession Number:
      2019001906
    • Accession Number:
      on1083715579
      1083715579
    • Accession Number:
      fay.671333
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      FERGUSON, G. The eight master lessons of nature : what nature teaches us about living well in the world. [s. l.]: Dutton, 2019. ISBN 9781524743383. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333. Acesso em: 12 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ferguson G. The Eight Master Lessons of Nature : What Nature Teaches Us about Living Well in the World. Dutton; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333. Accessed July 12, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Ferguson G. The Eight Master Lessons of Nature : What Nature Teaches Us about Living Well in the World. Dutton; 2019. Accessed July 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333
    • APA:
      Ferguson, G. (2019). The eight master lessons of nature : what nature teaches us about living well in the world. Dutton.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ferguson, Gary. 2019. The Eight Master Lessons of Nature : What Nature Teaches Us about Living Well in the World. Dutton. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333.
    • Harvard:
      Ferguson, G. (2019) The eight master lessons of nature : what nature teaches us about living well in the world. Dutton. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333 (Accessed: 12 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ferguson, G 2019, The eight master lessons of nature : what nature teaches us about living well in the world, Dutton, viewed 12 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ferguson, Gary. The Eight Master Lessons of Nature : What Nature Teaches Us about Living Well in the World. Dutton, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ferguson, Gary. The Eight Master Lessons of Nature : What Nature Teaches Us about Living Well in the World. Dutton, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ferguson G. The eight master lessons of nature : what nature teaches us about living well in the world [Internet]. Dutton; 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 12]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.671333

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2019 October

Ferguson, a prolific writer on the American West (e.g., The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness), maintains that by reconnecting to nature we can recognize our most troubling personal problems and rediscover our humanity. The natural environment, with its reliability of patterns, allows us to let go of the tiresome obsession with self. Ferguson relates in details the wondrous intricacies found in nature and emphasizes the necessity of healing the planet, not just for the sake of the plants and other animals, but humanity as well. VERDICT This inspirational work will spur readers to start noticing the world around them.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 July #5

In this expansive survey, nature writer Ferguson (Walking Down the Wild) argues that nature's "harmony, balance, and rhythm" can teach humans how to live peaceful, vital lives. Ferguson's eight assertions each speak to the powerful connections he sees between the natural and human worlds, each beginning with his lushly delivered observations of nature: "With the wheatgrass and bluestem paper dry, with many trees themselves at moisture levels lower than kiln-dried lumber, the land began to burn." He then illustrates how the observations have been used to guide life—and asks readers to do the same. For instance, "dark night... sky shot full of stars... realms of wonder" can help readers foster a healthy sense of mystery by pondering the emptiness of deep space. Also, a "tumbling mountainside bedecked with the most glorious carpets of wildflowers" can help readers learn to thrive among diversity. Though organized as a series of loose lessons, the book lacks any real directives (lesson six, for example, is "We Live on a Planet with Energy Beyond Measure"), instead relying on Ferguson's broad view of human history that each person is connected by universal myths and the innate feeling that "nature calls to each of us." While nature lovers will enjoy this, self-help readers looking for concrete advice will be disappointed. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.