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Hi Aine,

There's a long and short answer to this question. The long one is soon to published in a book I am co-authoring with anthropologist Frederique Apffel-Marglin, tentatively titled "Sacred Soils: How Pre-Conquest Amazonian Ecological Wisdom Can Revitalize Our Soil and End Global Warming

One of the main points of our book is "reality" as experienced by modern Westerners is a construct, historically assembled primarily in the 16th and 17th century. We live it as if it were a pre-given truth, divinely manifested from pure mind, but it's not.

It is rather as anthropologist Richard Nelson concluded after his fieldwork among the indigenous Koyukan, for whom “nature is all aware, and the sounds made by animals are at least as meaningful as those made by humans.” The Koyukan, for instance, listening “attentively to subtle nuances and variations in the calls of local birds,” which allows them to predict the future, receive information from far off, and accurately interpret the phenomenon in the world around them. “Reality,” Nelson learned, “is not the world as it is perceived directly by the senses; reality is the world as it is perceived by the mind through the medium of the senses. Thus, reality in nature is not just what we see, but what we have learned to see.”

We have conditioned ourselves to see the world through the lens of numbers. That doesn't make our vision preeminent among the other peoples of the world. It's simply the reality we have conditioned ourselves to see.

Best, RT

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