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Affiliation: 
Alliance for Wild Ethics
Title: Director
Expertise: 
Cultural ecologist and philosopher

Biography

David Abram - cultural ecologist and philosopher -- is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, for which he received the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction. An accomplished sleight-of-hand magician who has lived and traded magic with indigenous sorcerers in Indonesia, Nepal, and the Americas, David lectures and teaches widely on several continents. His essays have appeared often in such journals as Orion, Tikkun, Environmental Ethics, Wild Earth, Parabola, Resurgence, and The Ecologist, as well as in over 40 edited anthologies. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the Watson and the Rockefeller foundations, and has been named by the Utne Reader as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world. His work focuses upon the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray; upon the experiential effects of technological change; and upon the ecological dimensions of sensory perception and of language -- the manner in which these two, interdependent realms modulate the ethical relation between humankind and the animate earth. Four years ago the Orion Society and the New England Aquarium sponsored a public debate between David Abram and biologist E. O. Wilson, at Faneuil Hall in Boston, on science and ethics. More recently David has accepted invitations for extensive lecture tours in Britain, Scandinavia, France, and Australia. In the summer of 2005, David was invited to give the final keynote address for the United Nations "World Environment Day" to 70 mayors from the largest cities around the world. The address was given under the towering redwood trees at Muir Woods, at the very spot where the United Nations charter was originally signed into being sixty years earlier. Currently completing book on earthly wonder, David recently founded the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE) in his home terrain of New Mexico; he maintains a passionate interest in interspecies communication, and in the rejuvenation of oral culture.