Category: Exploring Ideas Monthly Meet

Sally Gillespie, Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Re-imagining our world and ourselves

Lorraine Shannon, Wild Mountain Collective Seminars Coordinator Many authors write powerfully and insightfully on climate change and grief. Sally Gillespie’s recently published Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Re-imagining our world and ourselves is the one I have chosen for this month’s quotes.   Among the range of vital issues this book addresses, it holds out to us [...]
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The Phenomenology of Perception

We know not through our intellect but through our experience. Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Eng. 1962) Sarah Redshaw gives us the following review of February's Monthly Meet gathering to discuss Maurice Merleau-Ponty's book, The Phenomenology of Perception, a ground breaking work in the history of Western philosophy: In contrast to the approach of the objective sciences, the [...]
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Lorraine Shannon – The Myth Gap Review

Perhaps the most famous 'myth' of Aboriginal culture is that associated with the Rainbow Serpent.  However Aboriginal culture is also rich in the mythology of other Creation Ancestors whose actions created the features of the Australian landscape.  Their journeys are recorded in songlines that criss cross Australia, and are remembered through dance, ceremony, art and [...]
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The Inner Wild of Poetic Resistance

The idea of the ‘wild’ is not just the world of undomesticated nature. It is also the inner poetic strength of the human spirit in the face of oppression. For this reason this blog is honouring Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer, cultural advocate, filmmaker and scholar, whom Australia has kept imprisoned on Manus Island [...]
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The Hidden Language of Trees

[dropcap]Remember[/dropcap] James Cameron’s Avatar—the highest grossing movie of all time! This fascinating secret world of the language of trees is what German forester Peter Wohlleben explores in The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate. Trees dominate the world’s the oldest living organisms. Since the dawn of our species, they have been our silent companions, permeating our most enduring [...]
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