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The Culture of Feedback: Ecological Thinking in Seventies America

Daniel Belgrad


This book repaints the familiar image of the 1970s in American culture as a time of Me Generation malaise, by recovering the broad reach of a vibrant cultural movement that was dedicated to finding radically new ways of interacting with animals, plants, and nature as a whole. There are chapters on environmentalism, the Gaia hypothesis, the politics of Native American spirituality, biofeedback and psychedelics, ambient music, dolphin lovers and horse whisperers. The term "feedback" was coined in the early 1940s to describe the dynamics of a system that self-regulates by feeding information abou ... More

Keywords: ecology, environmentalism, cultural history, 1970s, counterculture, cybernetics, animal intelligence, plant intelligence, ambient music, Native Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226652368
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226652672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Belgrad, author
University of South Florida