Evolving Science 2014
Shaping Goethean Science
– in Relation to Nature
– in Relation to conventional Science and Society
– in Relation to Anthroposophy
International Workshop of the Science Section at the Goetheanum,
15-18 October 2014
In spring 2014 the Glashaus – the home of the Science Section for many years – was 100 years old. We used this as an opportunity to hold a conference on three fundamental themes, described below. The Ideas-Workshop was also intended as preparatory event for the international conference Evolving Science 2015, in which we will continue this work.
Our relationship to nature:
our involvement with the world of the senses, with the earth, is central to our science. This contributes significantly to culture including that of anthroposophy. But how should our involvement take place today in this age of the profusion of digital images and global crises (climate, resource depletion, industrial agriculture)?
Our relationship to society:
society is influenced by images of nature and the human being that science develops, and by the technologies that science produces. In which direction do we want this formative influence on the human being to develop? What challenges should Goethean science pose in the context of major projects such as CERN, genome analysis, systems biology and nanotechnology, etc? Scientists need to ask themselves what significance their work has for society and what their position is in the context of science in general.
Our relationship to anthroposophy:
of what significance for our work are Rudolf Steiner's many indications and suggestions regarding the relationship of the sense world and the spiritual world? In what way is science helped by meditative work? Can we give a description of a way to the spirit in nature that is appropriate for modern consciousness? Furthermore, Rudolf Steiner envisaged the possibilities of new social forms determined by the kind of thinking used in science. The way in which we think will inform the way in which we will live together. By considering the fact that spiritual activity is important for the earth, we will complete the range of themes of this conference.
2014 Flyer with Programme and Booking Form for Download
2014 Flyer mit Programm und Anmeldebogen zum Download (German)