READING IN THE BOOK OF NATURE:
Enlivening Observation and Thinking through Plant Study
June 29 to July 5, 2014
A Summer Course at The Nature Institute in Ghent, NY
When we read, we participate in meaning that is inherent in the text. Reading comprehension involves more than knowing word definitions and grammatical rules. Likewise, when we strive to understand the natural world, it’s not enough to know names and an array of characteristics. We are challenged to observe so closely that we begin to see the dynamic relationships at work – for example, between parts of a plant, and between the plant and its environment. What is a plant expressing through its unique way of being? Can we begin to fathom the deeper meanings present in the living world? This requires a new kind of relational knowing that moves from a clear understanding of details to a precise perception of processes and interconnections. In this course, we’ll hone skills for reading in the book of nature through:
- Careful study of plants in their local surroundings.
- Exercises in flexible thinking.
- Clay modeling, with a focus on metamorphosis.
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