Nature’s Depths

Walking through nature with John Palka, a neuroscientist who loves plants and ponders big questions

Rumination

Mississippi Sunset

Valuing Nature

Rumination

Nature’s Depths is dedicated to exploring the natural world, seeking to understand it to an ever greater degree, and cultivating a sense of being an integral part of it. In this post, however, I will explore not so much ways of understanding but rather ways of valuing. As we’ll see, understanding and valuing are closely intertwined.

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Rohtang Pass

Come Walk with Me

Rumination

Many neuroscientists ponder big questions because, after all, most of us believe that the nervous system is the seat of human experience and emotions and thus of what is most meaningful in our lives. It is less common to find neuroscientists who also love and study plants. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you how this dual affinity came about for me.

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