are all rocks alive? moving through the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Originally posted on my website: hannahlclose.com.

This post is part of an informal ‘learning journal’ documenting loose thoughts and half baked insights arising from my participation in the Engaged Ecology MA at Schumacher College.

Animism is a contested term. Thought to be at the root of all religious impulse, animism can be divided, when using the anthropological frameworks of the west, into two historical periods of inquiry — ‘old animism’ and ‘new (or neo) animism’ (un-imaginatively conceived).

‘Old’ animism is a theory born of the Victorian anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor in 1871. Tylor believed that ‘primitive peoples’ were ‘like children’…


movement with or without direction & intentionality?
strange imprints on a nettle leaf in Ireland

Originally posted on my website: hannahlclose.com.

This post is part of an informal ‘learning journal’ documenting loose thoughts and half baked insights arising from my participation in the Engaged Ecology MA at Schumacher College.

‘Systems theory’ and ‘systems thinking’ have been in my vocabulary for a few years. Still, I never took the time to understand them beyond the assumption that they were ways of seeing and interpreting the world as a networked, interconnected, relational ‘system’, or a multitude of interlocking systems feeding into, and dependent upon one another. …

hannahlclose

Curator @ Advaya | Associate @ Perspectiva | Engaged Ecologist @ Schumacher C. | Former founder @ Experimental Thought Co. | hannahlclose.com

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