In outlining his philosophy Arne Naess advocated the exploration and cultivation of an “ecological identity”. For this reason Deep Ecology differs importantly from a modern “objective” science of ecology in that subjectivity (the observer) is not ignored, but actually welcomed into the picture. This opens up a domain of enquiry that in important sense has been off-limits from the perspective of reductionist world view that separates mind from matter, “soul” from body. This has not always been the case, so that some of the early luminaries of western science were also devoutly spiritual, and indeed quantum physics is now pointing us back towards an inclusion of the subjective at a fundamental level of reality.

The power of the work proposed in Deep Ecology lies in bringing back into balance our embodied, implicit knowledge with our cognitive, explicit understanding of the world. This (re-)emerging perspective is not in opposition to a reductionist approach, which has its own power and application, but rather is a compliment and balance to the limitations of a dualistic world view. Rather than being in opposition to a deeper, even spiritual connection with the Earth, with life, or with the cosmos, theorists and practitioners alike find that a scientific understanding often enriches our experience of connection. An understanding of the of the epic of evolution for example, can engender a feeling of awe and reverence. Below are posts relating to the science of Deep Ecology. This page is still under development, and will be arranged into key topics as the project progresses

Some key thinkers

  • Profile: Lynne Margulis

    Lynn Margulis (born Lynn Petra Alexander;[2][3] March 5, 1938 – November 22, 2011)[4] was an American evolutionary biologist, and was the primary modern proponent for the significance of symbiosis in […]

  • Profile: James Lovelock

    James Ephraim Lovelock CH CBE FRS (26 July 1919 – 26 July 2022) was an English independent scientist, environmentalist and futurist. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, […]

  • Profile: Elisabet Sahtouris, M.S., Ph.D

    Elisabet Sahtouris, M.S., Ph.D is an evolution biologist, futurist, professor, speaker, author and sustainability consultant to businesses, government agencies and other organizations. She is a US and Greek citizen who […]

Post relating to the topic of Science in Deep Ecology

Some key concepts

  • Gaia Theory
  • Deep Time
  • Deep Space
  • Systems View Of life
  • Symbiosis
  • Theory of Relativity

Coming soon…

  • Satish Kumar
  • Rachel Carson
  • Fritjof Capra
  • Stephan Harding
  • Brian Swimme