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Ecopsychology

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Restoring the Earth Healing the Mind Edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes and Allen D. Kanner Reviewed by Don Weiss Millions of American children have been diagnosed with a disease called Attention Deficit Disorder. In its classic form, it is the inability to concentrate on whatever society thinks the child should … Read More

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

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by John Steinbeck Reviewed by Don Weiss Steinbeck is best known as the author of The Grapes of Wrath, which brought him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. But he was also an enthusiastic marine biologist. In fact, he studied marine biology at Stanford, though he left there without graduating. It … Read More

Ecology, A Pocket Guide

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by Ernest Callenbach Reviewed by Don Weiss Wallace Stegner once called ecology “a harder form of literacy” than reading and despaired of teaching the American public to change its ways. Ernest Callenbach, author of the famous novel Ecotopia and many other works, thinks this is an unduly negative view and provides one … Read More

The Moral Equivalent of War [William James]

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by William James This essay, based on a speech delivered at Stanford University in 1906, is the origin of the idea of organized national service. The line of descent runs directly from this address to the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps to the Peace Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps. Though some phrases grate upon … Read More

Walking

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by Henry David Thoreau This essay was presented as a lecture by Thoreau in his later years but only published after his death. It’s best known quote, “In wildness is the preservation of the world,” has become one of the rallying cries of the environmental movement. But Thoreau means much more by … Read More

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