Letters from Auroville

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In February I spent three weeks in a place called Auroville, an incredible experimental community in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. My experience of the place was mixed. It was completely inspiring in so many ways and in other ways, as residents were happy to admit, it was struggling. While I was there I too struggled … Continue reading Letters from Auroville

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The Silvatici and the Spell of the Sensuous

Green Man, York Minster, c.1080

Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human-made technologies that only reflect us back to ourselves, it is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inherence in a more-than-human matrix of sensations and sensibilities. Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, … Continue reading The Silvatici and the Spell of the Sensuous

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World of Strange Powers

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One of my earliest memories of television is of surrepticiously watching a programme called Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers which was banned by my parents because of it’s satanic content – or so I dimly understood at the time. In the show the famous science fiction writer reported on a variety of arcane … Continue reading World of Strange Powers

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Polluting Lake Erie

The toxic green slime which covers parts of Lake Erie

A few weeks ago, as I was re-reading my extensive notes on Andy Fisher’s book Radical Ecopsychology (my study of which forms the basis of much of the territory this website explores) I came across an intriguing reference to the anthropologist and social scientist Gregory Bateson. Fisher writes that Bateson’s “claim that polluting Lake Erie … Continue reading Polluting Lake Erie

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Notes from a journey towards ecological consciousness