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Native Science and Western Thought - Two Worlds Within One

With Greg Cajete

£ 695.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon, and includes four nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure. This course is expected to be based in the elegant surrounds of the Elmhirst Centre at Dartington Hall. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however for you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please call 01803 847237 for more details.

With Greg Cajete

On the one hand, we have Western Science – a methodology that is based on reductionism, measurement of parts and the assumption that human intelligence, experienced through human faculties and senses, is the highest appraisal of the reality in which we live and operate. This way of knowing has indeed led us as a species to remarkable accomplishments, but has also had many unforeseen and negative consequences on the earth and human society.

On the other hand, we have what some have termed ‘native science’ – traditional ways of knowing that have evolved in indigenous human societies for thousands of years. These tend to be more relational ways of experiencing the universe, from within an interconnected and continuously evolving web of life within which everything is a living phenomenon. This type of knowing acknowledges that we, as human beings, may never be able to know everything about the reality in which we live and operate.

In this week-long course with Greg Cajete (author of Native Science) and guests we look at the parallels and differences between these two paradigms - can both exist together in a more expanded way of knowing that is better equipped to deal with the complex interdependencies between humans and the social and natural world.


Greg Cajete

Greg is a Tewa author and professor from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has pioneered reconciling indigenous perspectives in sciences with a Western academic setting. His focus is teaching "culturally based science, with its emphasis on health and wellness. Currently he is director of the Native American Studies program and associate professor of education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Currently he is director of the Native American Studies program and associate professor of education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

With Greg Cajete

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