effects of dialogic reading

Dialogic reading disrupts the common academic (and Western cultural) practice of replacing "percepts with concepts" (Bai, 2001, p. 87, 2009) and opens up opportunities to engage ones senses (both in a physical and energetic/spiritual sense) in reading, writing, and researching practices. The results of dialogic reading are a "different kind of academic voice" (Lather, 2006), one that overwrites the "linguistic-conceptual mind" (Bai, 2001, p.87, 2003; see also, Abram, 1996). Like a pendulum dowser, dialogic reading can bring together energy and wisdom from animate Earth with one's own intellectual and intuitive knowing (see Sheldrake, 2003; Smith, 2006 for examples with animals; Buhner, 2006; Smith 2004; Montgomery, 2008 for plant examples). Depending on the energetic frequency with which the reader engages the text (in particular, in the moments between linear text and as links are 'chosen'), the reader may also co-create meaning with various 'members' of animate Earth.