David Haskell in the NY Times: “Finding Zen in a Patch of Nature”


Finding Zen in a Patch of Nature
Published: October 22, 2012

“Science,” he writes, “deepens our intimacy with the world. But there is a danger in an exclusively scientific way of thinking. The forest is turned into a diagram; animals become mere mechanisms; nature’s workings become clever graphs.”

These loafing squirrels were something else. “They are alive; they are our

cousins,” he writes. “And they appear to enjoy the sun, a phenomenon that occurs nowhere in the curriculum of modern biology.” Science is one story, he writes, true but not complete, and the world cannot be encompassed in one story.


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