Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #36 – The Tree of Life Grows in on Itself – Reading Lynn Margulis

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as part of the DocFest Exchange at Sheffield DocFest

“For microbiologist Lynn Margulis, evolution is not as simple as a tree of life. […] The history of any organism is often depicted on a family tree. Family trees usually are grown from the ground up: a single trunk branches off into many separate lineages, each branch diverging from common ancestors. But symbiosis shows us that such trees are idealized representations of the past. In reality the tree of life often grows in on itself. Species come together, fuse, and make new beings, who start again […].” Lynn Margulis

In ‘Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club’ we read together texts related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism, and (post)anthropocene, chosen from a female perspective looking beyond disciplines.At this reading group we will read passages together out loud and share our experiences and thoughts about the nature we live in, what it means to us, and will discuss different ways of engaging with the world we inhabit.

NOTE the TIME: We start at 14:00 CEST. We have 90 minutes reading together.