Beyond Informational Thinking To Connective Thinking with Glenn Aparicio Parry, Ph.D.

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Glenn Parry believes that the way to cure our planetary challenges begins with a return to original thinking. The way we think and interact with nature and each other, he says, affects everything. As long as we divide things up as animate and inanimate, as living and not living we will continue to destroy the earth. “If there’s one thing I would like to change in Western culture, it’s to remember and restore the understanding that all the elements are alive.” There has been a shift to linear thinking which he says is not our natural way. He explains that the ancient Greeks were interested in how things come together in harmony. The word “rational” comes from “ratio” or a relationship between things. “And this is totally the opposite of what rational thought has become today where it’s a fragmented, degraded form of rationality which is no longer connected to a sensuous living universe.” He opens up about his personal experiences of learning and thinking, listening and being, and shares stories that offer deep insights into the living roots of wisdom and the origin of thinking. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Glenn Aparicio Parry, Ph.D. is an educator, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose life-long passion is to re-form thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. He’s the founder and past president of the SEED Institute, and is currently the president of the think tank: The Circle for Original Thinking. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999 – 2011 that brought together Indigenous Native Elders and Western scientists in dialogue. This series of conferences was moderated by Leroy Little Bear. Parry is an avid outdoorsman and makes his home in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, dog, and cat.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the sacred ratio, or the golden mean
  • What are the spirit dialogues
  • How do we conspire with nature
  • How do plants affect our consciousness
  • How linguistic diversity and biodiversity are interrelated
  • Where does thought originate in our body
  • Why does knowledge not translate to wisdom
  • What is higher education doing to neglect original thought and why
  • Where does rational thought come from

Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 8/18/2015   Program Number: 3555

Music Playlist

From Album: Ancient Future A.F.A.R. (So Far)
Artist: Matthew Montfort
2014 Ancient Future #AF-2030

Opening Essay: Track 03 Moonbath
Music Break 1: Track 01 East of the Sun
Music Break 2: Track 03 Moonbath (reprise)
Music Break 3: Track 08 Sangria