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Suggestions for Study
Circles are always welcome.

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Donna at worldculture dot org

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PAST STUDY CIRCLES

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Robin Kimmerer (left)

INSTITUTE OF WORLD CULTURE STUDY CIRCLES
Study Circlse meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Meetings are held at Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA

STUDY CIRCLE

Topic for January thru February, 2020
NATURE: SCIENCE AND THE SACRED

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“If we want to stop pathological behavior, pollution, destruction, violence, discontent, and exploitation, if we want to share real things, communicate meaningfully, live in harmony with the biosphere, and nurture the world around us, we have to recognize our true Nature: The Nature within us, the Wilderness that still lays deep in our heart, and the Nature and the Wilderness that are still around us, the biosphere, at the edges of the wastelands we’ve created and in between the cracks in the asphalt and the concrete we’ve coated the living Earth with, and that they are actually the same.”  – David B. Lauterwasser


SUGGESTED READINGS WILL BE POSTED BELOW BEFORE EACH MEETING
QUESTIONS DURING THE MEETINGS WILL BE ENCOURAGED.
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Date

Topic for discussion




Jan 7

The Mystery of Nature
Discussion will be based on: “Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest”, a TED talk by plant ecologist Robin Kimmerer, and a clip from the National Geographic video “Before Time and Space.

Suggested readings:
Four readings from "Parabola", Fall 2007 (all four are in one link)
"The Mystery of the Earth", A Homeric Hymn
"Tahitian" from the Kumulipo, A Hawaiian Creation Chant
"The Tree of Life", An Interview wth Wangari Maathai
"Divine Mother Earth" by Briogh na Greinne


Jan 14

Soil, Soul, Society
Discussion will focus on the chapter on “Soil, Soul, Society” from “You Are therefore I Am” by Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College and Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.


Suggested readings:
"Soil, Soul, Society" from "You Are Therefore I Am" by Satish Kumar

Jan 21

The Impact of Technology on Nature
Discussion will focus around an essay by David B. Lauterwasser on the problems associated with the third industrial revolution as presented by Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy (available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX3M8Ka9vUA)

Suggested readings:
Link to talk
"A Third Industrial Revolution Would Seal Our Fate" by David Lauterwasser

Jan 28

The Secret Wisdom of Nature
“Our Role in Nature”, a chapter in Peter Wohlleben’s book, “The Secret Wisdom of Nature” will be discussed.  Wohlleben is also the author of “The Hidden Life of Trees”.

Suggested readings:
Link to talk by Jeremy Rifkin on
"Our Role in Nature", from "The Secret Wisdom of Nature" by Peter Wohlleben

Feb 4

Science and Indigenous Wisdom
Themes from Robin Kimmerer’s book “Braiding Sweetgrass” will be discussed

Suggested readings:
TBD
Feb 11

The Intelligence of Animals
Discussion will focus on the fascinating and often overlooked intelligence of animals.

Suggested readings:
TBD
Feb 18

Science and Nature
Discussion will focus on two articles by Vandana Shiva: “Science and Politics in the Green Revolution” and “The Seed and the Earth”.

Suggested readings:
"Science and Policics in the Green Revolution" from The Vandana Shiva Reader" by Vandana Shiva
"The Seed and the Earth" from "The Vandana Shiva Reader" by Vandana Shiva
Feb 25

Deep Ecology
An article on “The Ecology of Wisdom” by Arne Naess will be the focus of discussion.

Suggested readings:
"The Science of Leonardo" by Fritjof Capra