«What is a tree?» «That is a tough one actually.» Hmmm… In what sense are trees not so different from human beings?

We proudly call ourselves «homo sapiens». It turns us into «wise women and men» after all.

What really makes us stand out from all other living creatures on this planet is our extraordinary brain. That is at least the story we keep telling ourselves. We write books about our brain’s capacity to think and praise our outstanding ability to learn.

That is the traditional way of looking at intelligence. And yet, it is not the only one.

Watching the Patagonia movie Treeline, The Secret Life of Trees, made me look at trees differently. I now see what has always been there. Way longer than wise men and women have been crawling, jumping and walking on planet earth.

I kindly invite you to read (or listen to) Forest Ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard’s non-traditional views on intelligence:

Truly fascinating and humbling.

Ever more curious about how trees talk to each other? Listen to Dr. Simard’s TED talk.

Privileged to work with those who care enough.