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Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner

Dr Alan Rayner is a naturalist who uses art, poetry, fluid mathematics and careful science to enquire and communicate about the evolutionary diversity of our natural human neighbourhood. He was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and has been a Reader in Biology at the University of Bath.

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Alan Rayner was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1950. He obtained BA and PhD degrees in Natural Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge and has been a Reader in Biology at the University of Bath.

He is an enthusiastic biological scientist, ecological philosopher, visual artist, poet and essayist. He has published around 160 scientific articles, 7 formal academic books (including Degrees of Freedom - Living in Dynamic Boundaries, Imperial College Press, 1997 and NaturesScope – Unlocking Our Natural Empathy and Creativity, O Books, 2011 ), a 3 volume multi-author e-book (Inclusionality: The Science, Art and Spirituality of Space, Place and Evolution, 2004), and seven Internet-downloadable books (including Inclusional Nature and Natural Inclusion, 2006; Natural Communion and From Emptiness to Openness, 2008; Limitless Pool, 2009; Within Reach, 2011). He has contributed to a variety of science- and art-based TV and radio broadcasts and presented many seminars and conference papers as well as co-convening several international conferences and symposia. The latter include a pioneering Science-Art event, ‘The Language of Water’, which, in 2001, resulted in an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series, ‘Water Story’, and in 2006 and 2007 ‘Unhooked Thinking I and II', two landmark conferences changing our perceptions of addiction. Since spring 2000, he has been pioneering 'natural inclusionality', a new philosophy and fluid boundary logic of self identity and ecological and evolutionary diversity and sustainability, based on awareness of how we naturally are in the world as it naturally is as energetic configurations of space.

He was President of the British Mycological Society in 1998 and has been a BP Venture Research Fellow and a Miller Visiting Research Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010. Further information and downloadable publications can be found at, and Alan is on 'Twitter' @InclusionAL

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