Category Archives: Books

‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ – new book by Sue Thomas

I announced a while ago that I was working on a new book, and now it’s ready. The title has evolved to ‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age‘. This is the first time I’ve written and created a Kindle book from scratch, and it has been a very enjoyable experience. I plan to do more!

I hope you like this short excerpt from the new book, including a few practical tips you might like to try. You’re also warmly invited to join the conversation in the Digital Wellbeing Facebook Group

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Are you always staring at your phone and never at the sky?

If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. (Steve Jobs)

Do you worry that you never seem to notice the weather any more Are you concerned that you do not hear the birds in the trees? That you seldom feel the grass under your feet or the wind in your hair? That the most vivid colours in your life come from a screen?

When was the last time you sat on a beach and let the sand run between your toes? Followed footpaths across rich green meadows, inhaled the heavy scent of hawthorn hedges around their perimeter? Got lost in a wood at dusk and felt just a little bit scared?

Do you check the weather in an app, or by the way it feels on your skin?

Are you always staring at your phone and never at the sky?

If so, you’re not alone. Continue reading ‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ – new book by Sue Thomas

I’m writing a Beginner’s Guide to Technobiophilia – what should be in it?

New book

Do you want to connect better with nature without giving up your wired life? If so, what kind of help do you need?

I’m working on a new book called ‘Feel Better Without Logging Off‘. It will come out as a Kindle this April.

This is the first time I’ve written a Kindle book from scratch and it’s a very interesting and enjoyable experience, although I must admit I’m struggling to get the right cover at the moment.

It’s time  for an antidote to that nagging anxiety about whether you should go on a  digital detox, throw your mobile away, live offline in a forest et cetera.

It doesn’t need to be like that.

So I’m writing a short practical guide to integrating the wired life with the natural world. It includes experiments to try, and it’s designed to be entirely guilt-free.

Background

In 2013 Bloomsbury published ‘Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace’. It was the result of eight years of meticulous research and covered a wide range of topics, with a tone geared towards an academic reader.

It has attracted attention from designers, architects, planners and all kinds of specialists interested in the future of nature, technology and wellbeing. But not everyone wants to read an academic book, plus my research has expanded hugely since it came out.

What do you think?

The book is almost done but I’d like to check I’ve covered everything that should be in there. So please let me know – what would you like to see included?  Please let me know in the comments, or via one of the following:

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Thanks in advance :)

Travels in Virtuality: Death Valley

Chris Townsend’s recent wonderful photos and descriptions of his recent walk through Death Valley have inspired me to recall my own pathetic attempt to get there in 2002. I wrote about it in my memoir/travelogue of cyberspace, ‘Hello World: Travels in Virtuality’ (2004).

Last week I re-published the chapter in which I tell the story of my ill-fated trip. The lesson I learned  was that reality – and indeed virtual reality – should not be confused with the products of the imagination.

Read Travels in Virtuality: Death Valley at Medium.