Thursday, February 14, 2013

Biophilia for Valentine's Day

Photo Credit: Rick Friedman/Corbis

Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life.

  Edward O. Wilson, Biophilia, 1984, p. 22

Entomologist (VBP) and award-winning author 

Edward O. Wilson's Biophilia (VBP) hypothesis states 

that humans evolved in close contact with nature, and 

a need for and love of nature and other creatures is 

enmeshed in our very genotype (VBP) as humans.

I greatly admire E.O.Wilson and his books. If you are 

interested in learning more about his career and the 

biophilia hypothesis, click here or here.

Biophilia. Love of life. Love for other living things.

"Unless we preserve the rest of life, as a sacred duty, 

we will be endangering ourselves by destroying the

 home in which we evolved, and on which we 

completely depend.”  

Edward O. Wilson

Our Valentine Gift - Love to All Creatures!

So, in the spirit of biophilia, on this Valentine's Day I'm 

sharing an invitation I received to send an e-valentine with 

the photo of an endangered species. I chose to send the 

Hawaiian Monk Seal to some of my favorite valentines.

Sealed with a Kiss!

Click here to visit the valentine site of the Center for 

Biological Diversity and help raise awareness of some 

endangered species - some ravishingly lovely, some so ugly 

they are cute, and all precious! 

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. Woof! Woof! LOVE it. We saw a monk seal when we were in HI. Golden Kisses. Happy Valentine's Day. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
    BTW: we answered your ? via email. Golden Thanks n Woofs

    1. Yes monk seals are amazing. I think there are only around 500 left. It's so funny how they are green from the algae!

  2. What a fascinating concept. I never really thought about it, but it does make sense! :)

  3. There have been studies showing the significant mental and physical health benefits of increasing green spaces in urban areas (here's a link:
    which would seem to support the hypothesis...


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