The Peoples' Institute for Re-thinking Education and Development

The Spell of the Sensuous

Animals speak, the Earth speaks; to us, about us, with us. The Spell of the Sensuous explores how the human mind came to renounce its sensuous bearings, isolating itself from the other animals and the animate Earth.  David Abram draws on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Balinese shamanism, Apache storytelling, and his own experience as an accomplished sleight-of-hand of magician to reveal the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment.