The Long Term Ecological Reflections Program at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest speaks for the network as a whole in their beliefs:
- That humanist writers should pay close attention to a particular place-to the mountains, rivers, people and the forests of the Andrews and its environs-because a close study of place will reveal broader truths that go beyond that place.
- That we should study that place for generations and learn to perceive the temporal dimension-the presence of pasts and futures-through informed observation.
- That storytelling and poetry, observation and experiment, myth and mathematics are all authentic windows on the world.
- That there is an unusual richness and joy in the community of art and science, in the coming together of insights from many different perspectives and disciplines.
- That there is wisdom to be gained; that the more we know about the natural world and the place of humans in the world, the greater our insight into how we ought to live our lives.
But there are countless answers to this question, and we’re excited to start compiling some of them here in text, links, and download-able word documents and pdfs.
- "Environmental Humanities: Why Should Biologists Interested in the Environment Take the Humanities Seriously?" Sorlin; Bioscience, Sept. 2012
- Promoting Conservation Through the Arts: Outreach for Hearts and Minds (download pdf)
- Bridging boundaries: scientists, creative writers, and the long view of the forest (pdf)
- Sensual Chemistry: Aesthetics as a Motivation for Research; by Robert Root-Bernstien
- "Science in Culture: Art Advances Science," Root-Bernstien; Nature, Vol. 407, Sept. 2000
- "Metaphors for Environmental Sustainability: Redefining Our Relationship with Nature" by Brendon Larson. (Book Review in Science Magazine)
- “Artists on science: scientists on art“: A whole issue of “Nature” (March 17, 2005) dedicated to the “increasing awareness on the part of some artists of the heritage of scientists and vice versa. This supplement aims to reflect, and place in context, some of this awareness.” All articles in full online.
- “Artists and Scientists: More Alike Than Different,” John Maeda, Scientific American, July 11, 2013
- “The Humanities and an Environmentally Sustainable Australia” (link) by Tom Griffiths. This fascinating and articulate manifesto explores the rapprochement of science and the humanities, storytelling, ecological humanities, and more….
- The Humanities and Australia’s National Research Priorities this report includes the essay above, as well as a chapter on “The Role of Humanities Research in Promoting and Maintaining Good Health” and “Frontier Technologies: New media and creative industries.”
- "Why Natural History Matters," Thomas L. Fleishner