Friday, May 9, 2014

Cubicle versus open savannah

Writing in The Atlantic, Laura Smith says we former plains and cave people are ill suited to cubicle life.

This comes from a book called Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval.

The premise is the cube is too removed from nature. We crave the natural world.

Hunting-gathering--that is our calling and has occupied 90% of history.

Hunting kudus we were in motion, reacing to passing scenery. We maintained "primitive" attention.

Viewing nature is "visual Valium."  Walking in forests and breathing tree "breath" has been shown to have beneficial effects.

Would windows help?

Maybe a little.

I do look out a lot. The birds, the bird baths. The hummingbird feeder.

No gazelles or kudus. I must look into that.

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