“The way we see affects what we do,” writes Nora Bateson near the start of this exploratory, far- ranging foray into “unauthorized knowledge.” In a series of premise-investigations undertaken by way of essays, conference talks, autobiographical story, quotes and poems, ranging through linguistics, biology, semantics, cognitive theory, justice awareness and embrace of paradox, Bateson invites and advocates suppleness of perception, rigor of mind, and depth of feeling. In this book that moves above all by its questions, Bateson embodies that rarity, a truly free thinker also fully engaged with the fates of all."
Jane Hirshfield, Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and author of The Beauty and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World
"Do buy and read Nora Bateson's beautiful new book. It takes us through a great circle of poetry, science, ecology, dreams, economics, politics, childrearing. Birthing the future. The prose is juicy and delectable, and brings us face to face with the most complex global questions. Intimate, complex, open-ended." Stephen Nachmanovitch
"This is a wonderful text, beautifully written and enriched with deep insights. So, I’ll have to accustom my tongue to Symmathesy, which of course will require some serious symmathesizing."
Jesper Hoffmeyer, emeritus professor at the University of Copenhagen Institute of Biology, President of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies, author of Biosemiotics and Signs of Meaning in the Universe.
"Small Arcs of Larger Circles is a marvellous meditation of moving words making new pathways manifest in a lush and densely interconnected forest of ideas and experiences. Poetry, philosophy, and memoir merge in ecological thinking at its best."
Professor Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia, author of Waking, Dreaming, Being and Mind in Life.
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