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To Know a Tree: Relationships Between Humans and Non-Humans

  • Science and Nonduality Conference 200 Edenvale Avenue San Jose, CA, 95136 United States (map)

I'll be speaking for the first time at the Science and Nonduality Conference in San Jose. Join me if you'll be at the conference!

How do our relationships with non-humans affirm our humanity? Trees are compelling others as they are often both older and larger that humans with a very different form of livingness, and they exist around us in innumerable ways not only in forests and lining streets, but in our products, metaphors, and mythology. It almost goes without saying that trees are highly impacted by anthropogenic environmental destruction through deforestation and climate change planet-wide. Our relationships to non-humans like trees create opportunities for reimagining who we are as humans especially within the Western tradition where trees are either seen as resources for human use or beautiful scenery. Using the tools of phenomenology along with recent scientific findings on plants, we can examine our consciousness in the presence of a being like a tree and better understand our relationships to non-human others. Our relationships to trees speak volumes about our relationships to ourselves, our human family, and our world.

Find me on the SAND program here.

Earlier Event: September 20
To Know a Tree - PCC Forum
Later Event: February 28
Arboreality Dissertation Defense