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David Abram is a cultural ecologist, philosopher, and spiritual teacher whose work has had a deepening influence on the environmental movement in North America and abroad. He is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (Pantheon/Vintage) for which he received the international Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction.

An accomplished storyteller and sleight-of-hand magician who has lived with indigenous shamans in Indonesia, Nepal, and the Americas, David lectures and teaches regularly on several continents. He has authored various entries in the new Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, while his essays have been published as cover articles in Tikkun and such journals as Orion, Parabola, Environmental Ethics, Adbusters, Resurgence, and The Ecologist.

His work engages the ecological depths of the imagination, exploring the ways in which sensory perception, poetics, and wonder inform our relation with the natural world. The New England Aquarium and the Orion Society recently sponsored a large public debate, at Faneuil hall in Boston, between David and the eminent biologist E.O. Wilson, on science, technology, and the nature of ethics.

Named by the Utne Reader as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world, David founded the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE) in his home terrain of New Mexico; as the father of two delightful children, he maintains a passionate interest in interspecies communication, and in the rejuvenation of oral culture.

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