Daily Archives: September 14, 2016

The Buried, Secret Lives Of Trees | On Point

Are these trees talking to each other? It’s possible. (Flickr/Sunsword & Moonsabre)

September 14, 2016
The secret life of trees. They talk to each other, says forester Peter Wohlleben. They have families. We’ll sit down with the tree whisperer.

We know from our language that the body is deeply engaged in our understanding of the world. A joke is side-splitting. We get butterflies in our stomach. Our eyes pop with surprise. Our blood runs cold. But my guest today says humans have radically retreated from the wisdom of the body’s signals to a hegemony of the brain, the intellect. In many ways, sitting at keyboards and screens, we’ve abandoned, forgotten the embodied cognition in the work of hands and backs. Time to get it back, he says. This hour On Point: When the brain is not enough. Intelligence in the flesh. –-Tom Ashbrook


Peter Wohlleben, forester. Author of the new book, “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From A Secret World.

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