Public Lecture

Making Space for Wonder: Science, Experience and the Ecology of Perception

David Abram | Author
Alliance for Wild Ethics
August 16, 2006

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Dr. Abram’s lecture addressed what it means if we accept Darwin’s insights, and concede that the human species has taken shape, like other species, over the long course of evolution, then we must acknowledge that the enveloping earth is the very matrix within which our bodies and brains came to acquire their current form. He lectured that our senses, for example, have coevolved with the diverse textures, shapes, and sounds of the earthly sensuous. Our human eyes have evolved in subtle interaction with other, nonhuman eyes, as our ears are now tuned, by their very structure, to the howling of wolves and the thrumming of crickets. While gliding in huge schools through the depths of the amniotic oceans, or while racing beneath the grasses as tiny, octurnal mammals, or swinging from the branch to branch as long-tailed primates, our bodies have steadily formed themselves in dynamic interaction and reciprocity with the manifold shapes and rhythms of the animate earth.