#81 | Downstream: Rivers Of Wonder & What Lies Beneath w/ David O'Hara

Just like David O'Hara's book "Downstream," this episode is about so much more than fly fishing. David imbues the conversation with great knowledge and wisdom, and speaking with him was a great pleasure in and of itself. 

The topics touched in this episode are broad: fishing the rivers of Appalachia; empathizing with other creatures; studying and observing reef ecology in Belize; enduring and recovering from a major head injury; the wonder of it all. 

A special thank you to Danielle Billing for introducing me to this wonderful human being.

David O'Hara is a professor of Philosophy and Classics at Augustana University. David is the co-author of "Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia" and "Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis."

Episode Notes: 

- David's book recommendations: 

"Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants" by Robin Wall Kimmerer: https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass

"Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water" by Kathleen Dean Moore: http://www.riverwalking.com/riverwalking.html

"Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness" by Peter Godfrey-Smith: https://us.macmillan.com/otherminds/petergodfreysmith/9780374227760/

"For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist's Journey" by Kurt D. Fausch: http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/for-love-of-rivers

- Find out more and purchase David's book "Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia": http://wipfandstock.com/downstream.html

- Also, David's book "Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis": http://www.kentuckypress.com/live/title_detail.php?titleid=2062#.WcUytL1MGEd

- David's Full Bio: 

"Dr. David O’Hara teaches a variety of courses, including ancient philosophy, American philosophy, environmental ethics, Asian philosophy, and philosophy of religion.  He regularly teaches a course on classics in Greece, and a course on tropical rainforest and reef ecology in Belize and Guatemala. His most recent book is Downstream, (Cascade Press, 2014) about brook trout and the ecology of the Appalachians.  He is also the author of Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis (U. P. Kentucky, 2008). He is currently preparing an edited volume of the Religious Writings of American philosopher Charles S. Peirce. Dr. O'Hara is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A., Spanish), St John's College (M.A., Liberal Arts), and The Pennsylvania State University (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy)."

Source: http://www.augie.edu/faculty-20

- The song featured in this episode is "Animal Tracks" by Mountain Man.