While Indigenous cultures all over the globe viewed (and often still view) the entire natural world as imbued with consciousness, it's only very recently that contemporary science has finally begun to question the dualist, Cartesian world-view that for the last few centuries has seen humans as our planet's only conscious agents, radically separate from nature.
Cutting-edge research is increasingly rediscovering what our ancesters understood, that the animal, vegetal and fungal realms are teeming with organisms making conscious decisions, responding intelligently to their surroundings. Leading figures in this burgeoning field are transforming the way science understands intelligence in nature, using modern science to help restore the kinship with the web of life we so desperately need if we are to have any hope of addressing the civilizational crisis we face.
"Why plant a garden when you can put plants to work for you in your own body?" This is one of the mind bending questions Lynn Margulis, one of the greatest cross-disciplinary scientific thinkers and educators of our epoch, asks. Margulis, ethnobotanist Wade Davis and mycologist Paul Stamets weave tales of amazing plant intelligence like the "Hat Thrower... Read More
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