David George Haskell

David George Haskell is an American biologist, author, and professor of biology at Sewanee: The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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Trees, ecological memory, and seasonal rituals

[image error]Dear Friends,

As the solstice approaches, I write with a few short updates.

Holiday trees and gratitude in The New York Times:

Fir trees, olive oil, yule logs: the aromas of holiday traditions evoke deep memories. I write about the ecological meanings of these experiences today in an op-ed.

Recommended reading short-list for the winter:

The following essays and books are, I think, impor...

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“We live in the empiricist’s nightmare: there is a reality far beyond our perception. Our senses have failed us for millennia. Only when we mastered glass and were able to produce clear, polished lenses were we able to gaze through a microscope and finally realize the enormity of our former ignorance.”
David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

“The fading dawn colors revive momentarily, and the sky shines with lilac and daffodil, layering colors in clouds like quilts stacked on a bed. More birds chime into the morning air: a nuthatch’s nasal onk joins the crow’s croak and a black-throated green warbler’s murmur from the branches above the mandala. As the colors finally fade under the fierce gaze of their mother, the sun, a wood thrush caps the dawn chorus with his astounding song. The song seems to pierce through from another world, carrying with it clarity and ease, purifying me for a few moments with its grace. Then the song is gone, the veil closes, and I am left with embers of memory.”
David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

“Ideas and statutes that live only in disembodied intellect are fragile, easily manipulated by both sides in a debate. This is as true of European "sustainability" regulations as it is for Amazonian súmac káusai removed from its forest home. Knowledge gained through extended bodily relationship with the forest, including the forest's human communities, is more robust.
... There is truth that cannot be accessed through intellect alone, especially intellect that is not aware of local ecological variations.”
David George Haskell, The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

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