from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An appreciation of life and the living world.

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  • n. the love of nature and all living things


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bio- + -philia


  • The term biophilia, coined by Wilson, describes the human affinity for life, which according to Wilson, engenders both a human-to-human connection and a human connection to all other living species.

    Serendip's Exchange

  • As though we didn't know that Wilson has raised awareness about biodiversity and why it matters, coined the term biophilia to describe our intrinsic connection to and love for animals and other organisms, and profoundly altered our understanding of social behavior.

    Critical Mass

  • It's called biophilia -- an oddly scary term for an interesting idea: we are genetically programmed to interact with nature.

    Dr. Peggy Drexler: Stuart and Polly: Is There Anything Else We Can Get You?

  • Carel gets philosophical with a young animal rights activist over predatory biophilia: "In essence, Tim and his hunter target audience are both motivated by the same animal drive: an innate love and fascination with other animals, that thing that Edward O. Wilson called biophilia, a trait that's strongest in the predators: the sated leopard that watches each gazelle with keen interest, the wolves that slaughter the silly contents of a sheep corral and leave them for the magpies, and the well-fed suburbanite, an SUV hauling his camo-clad ass up the mountainside."

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • As to why we love hearing birds sing, American biologist EO Wilson coined the term "biophilia" for our deep human need to connect with nature.

    Birdsong: the cure for all ills?

  • It is effective because it taps into the "biophilia" in us, and works to convey an environmental benefit - real or imagined - of a product.

    The Guardian World News

  • The organisation extols not just the fitness benefits of working out outside, but our need to spend time in the great outdoors to maintain overall mental and physical wellbeing - defined by the great biologist Edward O Wilson as "biophilia".

    The Guardian World News

  • E.O. Wilson, who coined the term "biophilia" to highlight our innate attraction to the natural world.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • "biophilia" to highlight our innate attraction to the natural world.

    Later On

  • September 9th, 2009 at 8: 19 am contact me with factory for export into Belgium biophilia Says:

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  • From single-celled swimmers with cilia,

    To sea beasts warm-blooded and chillier,

    Slow mammals, fast birds,

    Alone and in herds -

    All creatures inspire biophilia.

    February 16, 2016

  • a concept exemplified by E.O. Wilson

    December 18, 2008