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In Context #8 (Fall, 2002, pp. 19-22); copyright 2002 by The Nature Institute

Love and Detachment
How We Can Reconnect with Nature
Stephen L. Talbott

  Stimulated by the symposium, "Conversing with the Intelligence in Nature" (see the report in News from the Institute, above), and challenged by David Abram's moving plea for re-engagement with the sensuous earth, I wrote the following set of post-symposium reflections. They were intended for circulation among the symposium participants, and here I have retained some of the personal and informal quality of the original text. You will, of course, have to read somewhat between the lines in order to discover the symposium context from which these remarks have arisen.

The individuals mentioned in these remarks were among the symposium participants. In particular: Jon Young is founder and director of the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington; Ron Brady teaches philosophy at Ramapo College in New Jersey and is an affiliate researcher of The Nature Institute; David Abram, around whose work the symposium was centered, wrote the award-winning book, The S