Gough (1991) argues for the rejection of the non-sustainable fictions that have been discarded by postmodern science; fictions that "Bacon, Descartes, Newton and others 'sang' into existence" (p. 38).


He goes on to suggest that "one of the ways to seek sustainable fictions is to invent them ourselves – to participate in the creative reconstruction of a language which foregrounds our kinship with nature. We need myths and metaphors that 'sing' the earth into existence." Perhaps, he suggests, we need symbols that "tell, as mere words cannot" how we are part of the land (p. 40).


Perhaps we also need some blank spaces-in-between, some pauses, some disruptions of the privileged place of the intellect and its companion, linear expository prose, in order to move beyond myth and metaphor, to hear the many other-than-human voices who are also contributing to the song.