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Becoming animal : an earthly cosmology

Author: David Abram
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature. As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we've inured ourselves to the wild intelligence of our flesh, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Abram
ISBN: 9780375421716 0375421718
OCLC Number: 457766942
Description: 313, [2] p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Shadow --
House --
Wood and stone --
Reciprocity --
Depth --
Mind --
Mood --
The speech of things --
The discourse of the birds --
Sleight-of-hand --
Shapeshifting --
The real in its wonder --
Conclusion : at the heart of the heart of the world.
Responsibility: David Abram.
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A startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature. As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we've inured ourselves to the wild intelligence of our flesh, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. This book subverts that distance, drawing readers ever deeper into their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the body and the breathing Earth. Abram shows that from the awakened perspective of the human animal, awareness (or mind) is not an exclusive possession of our species but a lucid quality of the biosphere itself--a quality in which we, along with the oaks and the spiders, steadily participate.--From publisher description.

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