Gaia Meets Psyche

Gaia theory, named after the Greek goddess of the Earth (a daughter of Chaos and the mother of the Sky and Time), suggests that planet Earth is a living system, a self-regulating body much like our own bodies. James Lovelock, a co-founder of the modern Gaia theory, believes that the idea of Gaia "is for those who like to walk or simply stand and stare, to wonder about the Earth and the life it bears, and to speculate about the consequences of our own presence here." Psychology is named after Psyche, the Greek goddess of the Soul (who married Eros, the son of the goddess of Love), and the new field of ecopsycology believes that people benefit from a loving relationship with nature. Theodore Roszak, one of the founders of ecopsychology writes that "ecopsychology seeks to heal the fundamental alienation between the person and the natural environment." Our learning community will strive for a clearer understanding and appreciation of our natural environment and its relationship to our human condition through the study of ecopsychology and environmental literature. The class will include readings, writing assignments, seminars, films, field trips, and creative projects. Prerequisites: English 102 and Psychology 110.


Holyoke Community College
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