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Author David Abram to address philosophy of ecology

Have you wondered if you are truly seeing the world for what it is? Author, geo-philosopher and cultural ecologist David Abram has made a life toward answering this question, and he is slated to share his attempts with residents of Nevada County at an upcoming talk, according a news release issued by the South Yuba River Citizens League.

His writing and teaching constantly reworks genres and re-stories what it means to be human, in what he calls a “more-than-human” world, the release stated. Best known for his work bridging the philosophical tradition of phenomenology with environmental and ecological issues, Abram’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology.

Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, Abram views the world through an animistic and multi-sensual lens, transcending traditional boundaries of perception.

As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the many losses cascading through the biosphere vividly make evident the need for a transformation in our relation to the living land, the release said.

“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.”
— Anais Nin

During the scheduled talk at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, Abram will explore our animal experience of the earth around us.

How do we maintain our basic sanity and our coherence in relation to the dumbfounding news skittering into view from every corner of the planet? The talk will explore both the wild ecology of perception and the elemental magic of language and storytelling.

The evening will also include the premiere performance of a short play, “World Fire Wake,” by author and poet Dale Pendell and with music by Arthur Gould.

Join SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Arts and Lectures and The Center for the Arts for an evening with Abram at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Tickets are $20 general/$18 SYRCL and Center for the Arts members/$10 students, available at The Center for the Arts and Briar Patch Co-op.

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