Due to governmental Covid-19 concerns, this program will not happen as planned. Check back for further details.
Seattle area—Ann Arbor—New York area
When Dr. Heusser came to Spring Valley, NY for our 2018 conference, we said:
Working in anthroposophical activities, we naturally meet with resistance from mainstream culture. If calls for scientific evidence and validation can sometimes feel like being struck on the cheek, in order to turn the other cheek, it is important for all of us—not only scientists—to know that there is actually a scientific foundation that can support our monistic science of spirit/matter and to know what that foundation is.
We are now so glad that many more people—both in mainstream institutions and in our anthroposophical communities—will be able to meet with Peter as he delivers this important message bridging natural science and spiritual science.
Plans are now being finalized for Peter’s cross-country tour this Spring, thanks to the initiative and generosity of Ted Roszell of Ann Arbor. Gopi Vijaya took the lead of an initiative group—Walter Alexander, Ricardo Bartelme, Frank Dauenhauer, Judith Erb, Craig Holdrege, Gary Lamb, Barry Lia, Andrew Linnell, Ray Manaçes—formed under the auspice of the Natural Science Section with the cooperation of The Nature Institute and the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Renewal, and the Center for Anthroposophical Endeavors. Look for details to be announced in the following areas or email the following contact persons:
[contact Barry Lia: barrylia at comcast.net]
April 23: academic seminar being planned with Prof. Gordon Miller at Seattle University, inviting faculty and students from University of Washington Comparative History of Ideas Department and UW Bothell Center for Education and Research in Consciousness.
April 24: medical seminar, inviting naturopathic students and researchers at Bastyr University and with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Washington.
April 25-26: weekend festival, gathering folks to Seattle from Vancouver and Portland; lecture series ‘from natural science to spiritual science,’ panel on regional initiatives, panel on the School for Spiritual Science, eurythmy and Goethean activities, meals, and evening performances.
April 27-8: medical seminar with student anthroposophical medicine group and researchers at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland.
April 29-30: stop in Salt Lake City; talk being arranged.
[contact Judith Erb: juditherb at comcast.net]
May 1,7:00 pm: Dr. Heusser discusses the question of how human beings go about developing accurate perceptions of reality, especially in times as complex as ours.
May 2,8:30 am – 12:00 pm: panel, comprised of Gopi Krishna, Peter Heusser, and 2 college-age alumni of the school reviews previous evening and applies it to a discussion of how human beings might design and interact with machines and technology so as to utilize them for the progress of human development, while avoiding less desirable impacts on the human being.
May 2,2:00 – 5:00 pm: panel comprised of Judith Erb, a high school teacher, a lower-school teacher, an early childhood teacher, and possibly experts on climate science and sustainable economics will discuss the current objective reality of our earth and its inhabitants. This will include tools to respond in age-appropriate ways to what comes from the world around us as climate reality unfolds. We will look at historical context and archetypal tales. Discussion will elucidate how our thoughts about this as parents, teachers, students and citizens of the planet will shape the attitude of soul with which we and our children meet the coming challenges and opportunities with courage, flexibility and hope rather than despair.
May 3,9:00 am-12:00 pm:panel comprised of Dr. Heusser, Dr. Bartolome and possibly others will discuss how expansion of our present-day conception of the human being leads to an improved approach to health and healing.
May 3, 2:00-4:00: breakout sessions bringing the process of developing accurate perceptions of reality to practical work in specific areas.
May 4-6: visiting in Milwaukee.
New York area
[contact Gopi Vijaya: vgopik at gmail.com]
May 6: Evening address at the New York Branch (hosted by Walter Alexander)
May 7: Evening address at the PAAM Training Week in Spring Valley (open to the public).
May 8: Researcher gathering by invitation.
May 9: Co-sponsored by the Nature Institute and Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Renewal.
11:00: Conversation by invitation with Peter Heusser and Gopi Vijaya at the Nature Institute.
12:30: Lunch: As determined by TNI
1:30 to 2:30: Continue conversation: As determine by TNI
4:00-5:15: “Human Interaction with Artificial Intelligence” by Gopi in HVWS Music Room
5:30: Supper at HVWS.
7:00: Lecture at HVWS by Peter Heusser: “Human Intelligence and the Spiritual in Nature”
Video archive of Prof. Dr. Peter Heusser’s Public Lectures
We have archived videos of the four lectures which Peter delivered at our 2018 conference in Spring Valley. These lectures stand as a summary of his book, Anthroposophy and Science: An Introduction.
We hope that these videos serve to promote your interest in attending the upcoming gathering nearest you this Spring for discussions of Rudolf Steiner’s epistemology on a modern, scientific basis.
Lecture 1: Is there a place for the spirit in physics and chemistry? – On the importance of epistemology for natural science.
Lecture 2: Is there a chemical or genetic explanation of life? – A closer look at causality and agency in modern biology.
Lecture 3: Does the brain cause consciousness? – A way out of neurobiology’s current doctrine.
Lecture 4: From natural science to spiritual science. – Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to the evolution of science.
Click here for video access.
ESSAY: From Reductionist Science to Living Thinking in Medicine
By Prof. Dr. med Peter Heusser
We are pleased to receive permission from Peter and SteinerBooks/Anthroposophic Press to publish his Foreword to Dr. Armin Husemann’s new book, Form, Life & Consciousness: An Introduction to Anthroposophic Medicine and Study of the Human Being.
In his own recent book, Anthroposophy and Science, Peter presents the emergent properties of body, life, soul, and spirit as lawful organizing principles—each level equally and irreducibly real. In the light of modern evidence from the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and neuroscience, he develops a non-reductionistic epistemology of “empirical ontological idealism,” validating a monistic science of spirit/matter that can address the reservations often held by mainstream society. This Foreword encapsulates these themes, serving as an introduction to Peter’s work in building a bridge from natural science to spiritual science.
Dr. Heusser is currently Senior professor in Medical Anthropology and formerly Head of the Institute for Integrative Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. He had also been on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern as Head Lecturer for Anthroposophical Medicine in the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He has served as expert of the Swiss Federal Office for Social Security and Health for the Evaluation of Complementary Medicine. He lectures worldwide on epistemology and philosophy of science, particularly regarding the need for activating a different caliber of thinking for handling an integrative, holistic science and medicine.
Click HERE to read Dr. Heusser’s foreward “From Reductionist Science to Living Thinking in Medicine.”