Biophilia is literally “a love of life or living systems”, a theory which was broadly popularised by the famed Edward Osbourne Wilson (E.O., for short), American biologist, theorist and all-round ecology rock-star.
His biophilia hypothesis suggested that there is a deep, instinctive human need for meaningful interactions with living systems, which takes concrete form in our fascination with animals, plants, ecosystems and even the weather. He wrote a book on it in 1984 called Biophilia, and later co-edited a book examining these ideas called The Biophilla Hypothesis with Stephen J. Kellert.
As I type this, I am repeatedly distracted by a female scarlet robin hopping about on the power line just metres from my desk. Biophilia, or just a short attention span?