Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Haley Reading Group: The Health Effects of a World Without Darkness
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2015)]
In her article “The Health Effects of a World Without Darkness,” Rebecca Boyle discusses the sometimes troubling consequences of living in a world where light and lighting matters so much. Boyle explains how apparently advanced countries like the United States depend on lights opposed to how some developing nations depend on darkness. The article raises a range of issues concerning the implications of light in our society and the world.
Boyle discusses the relationship between light and health problems. At one point, the author suggests that "depression, obesity, and cancer" could all be linked to light (52).
When you read Boyle’s article, what was something related to the dangers of artificial light that compelled you? Why did that idea interest you? Please provide a page number citation.