[Best American Science and Nature Writing]
Rebecca Boyle’s article “The Health Effects of a World Without Darkness,” reprinted in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, highlights the various problematic implications of living in an industrialized world wherein entire lives are constantly bathed in light. Boyle illuminates America (and other developed countries particularly) with provoking thought about our dependence on lights, much to our detriment, in stark contrast to the ways in which developing countries rely more on darkness. Ultimately, the article speaks to an important issue of what the world at large is facing as we continue to interrupt our biological patterns with light.
Boyle’s discussion of the health effects of light was especially enlightening. At one point, Boyle notes that “light is the major factor in [cases of] depression, obesity, and cancer” (52). This point indicates the serious dangers intertwined with the pleasures of living in light.
After reading Boyle’s article, what was one point concerning the dangers of artificial light that compelled you? Why was that point or passage notable to you? Please provide a page number citation.