Each month we will be offering an English recording of one of the lectures (see below for recordings). These will be available for viewing any time prior to scheduled online colloquia that will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month. These will be from 11 – 12:30 PT, 2 – 3:30 ET (8 pm CET). Please click here to register once for all of these events. Registrants will receive a personal link for each colloquium. Only registrants will get links to preview the recordings which we ask you to do before its respective colloquium.
If you registered for the January 30th event, you need to re-register. We have switched from Webinar format to Meeting format for its features. This has meant a new link to attend the colloquia beginning in February.
Colloquia schedule 11 am PDT, 2 pm EDT, 6 pm GMT, 7 pm CET (Beware of time changes such as 3/28/21 in Europe):
- Jan. 30 Meinhard Simon Q&A follows
- Feb. 13 Orientation – colloquium format, discussions
- Feb. 27 Hans-Ulrich Schmutz on cosmic rhythms
- Apr. 17 [new date!] Susanna Kümmell and Meinhard Simon on terrestrial biology
- Apr. 24 Anet Spengler Neff on applied agriculture
- May. 29 Bernd Siebenhüner & Stefan Siemer on business economy
- Jun. 26 Beate Oberdorfer & Andreas Pook on applied spiritual science
- Jul. 24 Otto Ulrich on technology
- Aug. 28 Stefan Ruf on psychology
- Sep. 25 Pauline Lutz on youth
- Oct. 23 Johannes Kuhl on spirituality
We want to elicit earnest reflection and to seek what is emerging in our souls, asking “How do we have to change so that knowledge and feasibility come together?” How do we move from science to conscience to conscientiousness?
Upcoming Colloquium: Saturday, April 17th 11 am PT, 2 pm ET, 8 pm CET.
Register to get link to preview either Susanna’s or Meinhard’s Presentations in English
Susanna Kümmell: Waldorf school Bochum-Langendreer, studies of geology/paleontology in Bonn and Waldorf teacher training in Stuttgart. Currently working in the Institute for Evolutionary Biology at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Research focuses on evolutionary trends and patterns in limb development in mammalian forerunners. A special interest is also for a long time the issues of climate change and the urgency of this issue.
The organismic character of the earth’s climate – a look into the past
The earth can largely regulate its climate over long periods. It differs e.g., from our neighboring planets Venus and Mars. Greenhouse gases play a major role in regulation. In the past, they contributed to the development of a balanced climate, with only “minor” global fluctuations. Without the greenhouse gases, we would have a very uncomfortable, icy climate on Earth. With such a regulation of its climate, our earth has an organismic character. However, crises occurred again and again, in which global climate changes made life on earth difficult.
Meinhard Simon: Born 1953, studies of biology and hydrology in Constance and Freiburg. Since 1997 at the University of Oldenburg worked as a professor for Marine Microbiology and Biological Oceanography. He has undertaken research cruises in the Southern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and busied himself for some time with issues of climate change and its impact, especially on the seas. He is a member of the Section Collegium of the Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum.
Climate and the human being – a shared history under the responsibility of mankind today
In the course of the history of the earth, the mean annual temperature has leveled off to around 15°C and reached great constancy in the late tertiary, roughly when the first human ancestors appeared. This is a signature of the earth’s homeostasis and individuality, which is comparable to the human being’s ego existence. This homeostasis was only possible through the ‘anabolic’ and ‘catabolic’ life processes of the entire biosphere, plants, animals, and especially, microorganisms. Man has been part of nature over this long period of his presence on earth.
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Did you miss the Goetheanum’s Autumn Conference Oct. 1-4, 2020: The Climate Needs Our Change? Thanks to the collaboration of Natural Science Section leadership at the Goetheanum and carrying groups in the US and UK, we are bringing presentations from this conference to the English-speaking members of our scientific community. (Use this LINK for more information about the October 2020 Conference).
Come back here for further announcements from this collaboration of the Natural Science Section of the Anthroposophical Society in America, the Natural Science & Math Group of Great Britain, and the Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum.