Who am I?
My name is Alan Rayner. I am a naturalist, writer and artist. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1950 and gained BA and PhD degrees at King’s College, Cambridge in 1972 and 1975. I was a Reader in Biological Sciences at the University of Bath from 1985 to 2011 and I have published numerous papers and books, including, most recently, 'The Origin of Life Patterns in the Natural Inclusion of Space in Flux’. I was President of the British Mycological Society in 1998 and President of Bath Natural History Society from 2012 - 2018.
Much of my life's endeavour has consciously and unconsciously been 'to help restore soul to science' - and not just 'science', but a human culture that has increasingly excised its self from its birthplace, with dire consequences. Since 2000, I have been pioneering awareness of the process of 'natural inclusion'. My intention in preparing this new website is simply to enable anyone who wants to do so easily to access what I and others have already published and presented on the subject.
Before I start, though, I want to make it very clear that I do not regard natural inclusion in any way as my personal intellectual property or idea. Rather, I regard natural inclusion as a fundamental principle that can be discovered and understood by anyone, based on our actual life experience.