Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life

Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life

by Craig Holdrege

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ISBN-13: 9781584201434
Publisher: SteinerBooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/2013
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 From Object Thinking to Living Thinking 11

The Objective Attitude 11

Object thinking 13

The Logic of Solids 18

Object Thinking Applied 19

Educating to Disconnect 23

Losing the Experienced World 25

Beyond Object Thinking? 29

From Object Thinking to Living Thinking 32

2 Rooted in the World 37

Becoming Rooted-Perception 43

Into the Phenomena 45

Nature Drawing 49

Sauntering of the Senses 52

Exact Sensorial Imagination 56

Openness and Preconceptions 59

Becoming Aware of Thinking 62

3 The Plant as Teacher of Transformation 69

Plant Development-The Field Poppy 69

Leaves: Transformation, Expansion, and Contraction 73

Process Thinking 77

Bringing Forth and Letting Go 80

Expansion and Contraction in Learning 81

Flowering Thought-Insight 83

Leaf Metamorphosis 86

Metamorphosis in the Flower 88

A Shape-Shifting Proteus 94

Unity in Diversity-Living Ideas and Wholeness 95

Some Implications 98

4 The Plant as Teacher of Context 100

A Plant in Its Context 101

Light and Plant Form 106

Tree Forms 108

Plant-Environment: A Dynamic Unity 111

Plasticity 111

The Reciprocal Relation between Plant and Environment 115

Context Sensitivity 118

Relational Reality 119

Participation 120

Dialogic Inquiry 123

Delicate Empiricism 124

Darwin: Exploration and Theory 128

Evolving Knowledge 135

5 The Story of an Organism 137

The Importance of Story 138

The Story of Common Milkweed 139

Vegetative Development 141

From, Flower to Fruit 145

Flower Morphology and Pollination 151

Abundant Animal Life 157

The Extended Organism 158

Summarizing Picture 165

Leopold's "Thinking Like a Mountain" 166

6 Conclusion: A Quiet Revolution 172

The Plant's Teachings-A Summary 172

Education and the "Treacherous Idea" of Preparation 176

Learning From Genuine Presences 178

The Developing Human Being 184

Adult Education at The Nature Institute 188

Who Are You? 192

Sustainability and Education 194

Where Do All These Plants Come From? 195

Appendix 198

Notes 199

References 200

Acknowledgments 210

Index 211

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