THE RESTITUTION OF THE EAR
This essay traces the historical process by which the sense of sight usurped the sense of hearing as the primary metaphor of human mental functions. It argues that through the reinstatement of listening rather than looking as the basis of our model for relating to the world, it becomes possible for a more open, responsive, and participative relationship with nature to arise.
The essay is based on a talk given for the Oxford Centre for Human Relations entitled “The Seeing and Listening Mind.”1
IN QUEST OF THE MIND'S EAR
We have become so accustomed to thinking of our mental...