Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
reply to post by Nevertheless
You know what? I can agree with everything you've said in this particular post
That being said, you've sent me on another foray into this subject ( the mechanism by which nature provides benefic effects) which I thank you for.
I'm always interested inearning new things and this is a very interesting question to ponder.
There is still a need to investigate the mechanisms behind observed health benefits of the natural environment [9,10]. A greater understanding of
how nature positively interacts with human socio-biology may be mutually beneficial to both health and the environment.
One idea is to drop the thought of nature for a while and think about yourself and why you feel the way you do.
Why is it that kids find new / certain places frightening?
Why are people sad, happy, laughing or crying when watching TV?
Why do people not like to be hunted by a tiger?
Why do people like to be hunted by a pretended threat?
Why do people like excitement?
Why are people restless?
Why do mammals seem to have certain behaviors "built-in"?
Why are your eyes adapted to work in nature better than cities?
Why would you feel "at home" in nature?
Unfortunately, we have a bit to go to explain why people do what they do in terms of the physical world (but we're on good way now!), and that's why
we have the unfortunate genre of Psychology to cover the research in human behaviour.
We know enough from physics/[bio]chemistry that though that our senses combined with previous thoughts (and some built-in features) release
chemicals that affect the function of our brains.
However, these two combined gives us a pretty good picture on what is going on, that our perception of our surroundings, both present and previous
build us our feelings, and there isn't really any place vibrating water or water memories fit or are needed.
To summarize, our problem is that the human brain is too complex for us to fully comprehend yet. The issue is not that we wouldn't know what affects
it (which we do), but how all that information is being processed and how it affects the state of the brain itself.
And please understand that when I said "we know what affects our brain", I don't meanthat we know things such as that the smell of a hedgehog makes
us a little bit more randy than petting a box of cheerios.
These are the things that psychology looks at, and positive reactions from trees or water means that there's something "special" there. Our brains
are just adapted to work in a specific way.
It would seem that the nature of exactly how this happens is a question being researched and is admittedly little understood.
Well, we know that we like to feel good. Good stimuli is good for us. See my questions in the beginning.
Another study tha says yes there is a measurable difference that can be attributed to nature but it admits that the mechanism is unknown.
It's not a mystery. The mechanism is quite clear, we just don't know why our brain works the way it does.
Both of these studies are concerning individuals who exercise, so they would be healthier than the average as is, it's being in nature that's the
Yes, when comparing different individuals on a specific thing, the problem is that the very thing they are comparing is a deciding factor on their
I know when I like the nature. When I feel like I have the time to rev down and simply enjoy the calm.
There are times when I cannot stand it, because I feel like I "have better things to do".
That too would suggest that it's what our brain wants, not what it gets. So, nature wouldn't necessary be a good thing for me, always.
I tell you what, since you've admitted to feeling and appreciating the effects yourself, why don't you see if you can find some research into the
how it happens and bring it back and I will keep doing the same rather than disparaginger the topic.
I guess I've already told how I feel about this, and I don't see a mystery with it. We have some questions left but we're on a good way to solve
them soon, I believe. Either way, the mechanics are quite well understood and I'm rather happy with the knowledge, it's a matter of dissecting the
inner workings of the brain that is left to put it all together.
I will even agree with you in that the original source for this particular OP is shilling his book, but that's really of little consequence to me in
regards to the subject of how does nature affect human biology.
Well, in that case I guess reading about research in psychology is as good as tiny details in chemistry, in the end, it's the end result that counts,
That being said, this is why I frown upon non-scientific explanations.