Ideas-Workshop
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)

Keynote address

Wolter Bos:
Goethean science in relation to nature

<strong>Wolter Bos</strong>, Jahrgang 1950, Lehrer für Chemie und Biologie an der Waldorfschule in Haarlem (NL). Besonderes Interesse: Vögel.

François Lusseyran:
Goethean science in relation to science and society

<strong>François Lusseyran</strong>, born in Paris in 1954 is Senior researcher at CNRS in the field of fluid mechanics. His current research focuses on the spatial and temporal identification and control of vortex structures. He became a member of the Anthroposophical Society in 1979 and a member of the School of Spiritual Science in 1987 and joined the College of Natural Science Section in 1994 through a proposal of Christine Ballivet.

Johannes Wirz:
Goethean science in relation to Anthroposophy

<strong>Johannes Wirz</strong>, PhD. in biology, senior scientist at the Research Institute at the Goetheanum, project leader, seminars in goethean science, tutorials on selected works of Rudolf Steiner and courses in bee keeping

Inspiration walk

Renatus Derbidge

Mit dem Gliedmassenmenschen dieTagungsthemen vertiefen. Die Natur als Inspiration des Ich im Umkreis nutzen und draußen sein (bei jedem Wetter!). Unter der Vorraussetzung dass Realität der Zusammenschluss von äußerer Wahrnehmung und Gedankenanteil durch den Menschen ist, kann "Wandern" als Erkenntnismethode ausgebaut werdend. Bewege ich Fragen in der Natur und schaffe es durchs laufen den Kopf mal sein zu lassen enstehen Situationen wo ich merken kann, diese oder jene Situation, etwa ein Waldhang, eine lauschige Bachsituation oder ein Felsen, sagt mir etwa. Gestisch- wie für mich inszeniert, erscheint mir plötzlich die Welt, antwortend und inspirierend bezüglich der Fragen, mit denen ich losgezogen bin...

Details der Methode werden vorab erörtert. Zur Inspirationswanderung gehört eine Auswertung/Rückblick. Festes Schuhwerk kann wichtig sein. Notzblock und Stift sind hilfreich, da Inspirationen oft flüchtig sind. Gelaufen wird in der Ermitage, Arlesheim. Treffpunkt jeweils am Steinkreuz vor der Ermitage zur Zeit laut Program. Ende ist offen, jeder kehrt in seinem Tempo zurück. Es wird darum gebeten Erlebnisse und "Früchte" der Inspirationswanderungen am folgenden Tag in die Plenen und Gesprächs-Runden mit einfliessen zu lassen. 

<strong>Renatus Derbidge</strong>, studied biology, geography and philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin and taught high school for three years. He is working on his thesis “Rhythmic changes in mistletoe berry shape in response to lunar zodiac constellations”.