Human Competence and Ecological Crisis

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 468–469. Reviews the book, Humanscape: Environments for People by Stephen Kaplan and Rachel Kaplan (Eds.) (1978). The focus of the book is on human knowledge–how humans deal with information in the environment and what kinds of information are most critical to us. The editors bring a strong functional perspective to their book, arguing that much human behavior can be understood in terms of its utility during the evolution of Homo sapiens. Humanscape is a masterful accomplishment that illuminates the functional relationship between human behavior and past and present. It is also a book that will influence practicing designers and planners, as well as researchers in the broad area of human environmental studies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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