bio·phil·ia      noun \ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-lē-ə, -ˈfēl-yə\

1. hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. 2. a hypothetical human tendency, to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature

 As the biocentric view suggests, the garden prospers when control is balanced by equal measures of humility and benevolence. A balance is struck. Control, servitude, respect, imagination, pragmatism, an ecological conscience, compliance,and a certain measure of mysticism and altruism, all meld together to provide nurturance. 
–   Jim Nollman, Why We Garden,  The Sentient Garden
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