Fifty Short Essays on What it Means to be Human in the Natural World
The book develops and expands on the themes introduced on this website. But also, as the inclusion of Dogen in the title implies, more attention is given to our “bodyminds” as cultural animals. (This theme is only hinted at in the Concept Gallery page A3.) The “two trees” analogy, by comparing and contrasting cultural intelligence (the “tree of knowledge”) with evo-ecological intelligence (the “tree of life”), helps us to explore our human creativity — its origins as an escape from Natural regulation, and the consequences of this escape for both the Natural world and for our own human future.