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Going Conscious

Dec 16, 2020

Monica is a Research Associate Professor in evolutionary ecology at Southern Cross University. She has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics, demonstrating that plants emit their own ‘voices’ and detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. By re-kindling a sense of wonder for this beautiful place we call home, she is helping to inspire solutions to human relations with the world we co-inhabit. Her latest book is Thus Spoke the Plant.


In this episode we talk about how Monica discovered that there is no scientific question big enough to justify taking another’s life, and the incredible moment of crisis which heralded big change and dismantled her idea of science, and how plants came to rescue the scientist within her. We talk about how to surrender to and embrace change, the lessons we can learn from plants, how to ask disruptive questions, the humbleness and awe of plant time, being comfortable with not knowing, bioacoustics and regeneration of the environment, the aliveness of all and giving up purpose to find purpose. 


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