Pine Island Paradox

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In this warm, stimulating brew of personal stories, acclaimed author Kathleen Dean Moore uses the metaphor of an island to challenge the cynicism inherent in the Western worldview. A gifted storyteller with a sly sense of humor, Moore explores three separations brought to us by Enlightenment philosophers: the separation of human from nature, of things near and far away, and of the sacred from the mundane. Challenging each, such as Descartes' idea that humans have a discrete consciousness and can alter creation ...
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Overview

In this warm, stimulating brew of personal stories, acclaimed author Kathleen Dean Moore uses the metaphor of an island to challenge the cynicism inherent in the Western worldview. A gifted storyteller with a sly sense of humor, Moore explores three separations brought to us by Enlightenment philosophers: the separation of human from nature, of things near and far away, and of the sacred from the mundane. Challenging each, such as Descartes' idea that humans have a discrete consciousness and can alter creation while remaining unaltered themselves, she reveals why such divisions don't tally with the values expressed daily in the way people live. Moore disguises her philosophical explorations in stories: about vacationing on a tiny island in Alaska, visiting her father in the hospital, watching grouse perform their mating dance in the desert. Throughout, she shows that, when properly observed, the world is full of opportunities to find hidden connections.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571312761
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 6/9/2004
  • Series: The World As Home Series
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

An island in the tides : human / nature
Geography 11
The augmented fourth 13
Stalking seals 18
What it means to love a place 24
Shy affectionate SF 38
Refrigerator fungus 42
Late at night, listening 50
Toward an ecological ethic of care 60
Leaving the island 68
Amazing Grace 75
An island in the river : near / far
Geography 81
This improvisational heart 83
The moral equivalent of wildness 90
The parables of the rats and mice 104
The world depends on this 115
Learning to dance 120
Where should I live, and what should I live for? 130
Nuts and grubs (the practical basis of trust) 137
Blowing the dam 143
Fire and water 152
Four autumn stories 164
A coastal island sacred / mundane
Geography 175
The sacred and the mundane 177
One night, or three hundred sixty-five 181
Songs in the night 186
The inheritance of acquired characteristics 199
The road to Cape Perpetua 209
This will not come again 215
Finis/Genesis 224
The night of the razor-clam tide 226
The Christmas story 233
Another world could start right here 243
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