The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

"The rocks are beyond slow, beyond strong, and yet yielding to a soft green breath as powerful as a glacier, the mosses wearing away their surfaces, grain by grain bringing them slowly back to sand. There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks, poetry to be sure. About light and shadow and the drift of continents.”

In this audio podcast from Krista Tippet and her radio show OnBeing, Krista talks with Author and Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer about moss, which she studies as a botanist and bryologist. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin joins science’s ability to “polish the art of seeing” with her personal, civilizational lineage of “listening” to plant life — heeding the languages of the natural world. (51:33)