Research 2013

The Challenge of Objectivity
In Spiritual Research

2013 Living Questions Research Symposium

Co-sponsored by the North American Collegium
of the School of Spiritual Science
September 19–22

All the technical achievements of our modern civilization are evidence of our ability to objectively understand the material world. But what about the non-material world, the world of consciousness, of soul, of spirit? Are there also ways of objectively investigating the world of soul and spirit? In particular, can the soul-spiritual dimension of the world be objectively investigated by soul-spiritual means? Are there non-material ways of researching the world that can lead to more than subjective belief or personal interpretation?

How should we regard the results of such spiritual research? How can their truth and objectivity be tested? How do the spiritual researchers themselves conduct their work and test their own results? How do they strive for objectivity in their particular field of inquiry and activity?

At this year’s Living Questions Research Symposium, we will actively explore these questions and also hear them addressed by practicing researchers in diverse fields of scientific and artistic endeavor. Join us.


Click here to register online. To pay by check or register by mail, click here to download a printable registration form.


Michael D'Aleo

Keynote Speakers

Michael D'Aleo is a founding member and Director of Research of the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI) in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was a co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, where he teaches physical science and mathematics. He is a co-author of the book Sensible Physics Teaching, a guide for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade educators to teach physics in a manner relevant to the experience of the students. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, Embracing Materialism and Letting It Go, an experiential guide to overcoming an object-based world conception.

Gerald Karnow

Gerald Karnow, MD is the medical advisor to the Otto Specht School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, a school for children with learning differences, alternative learning styles, and sensory and social sensitivities. He is also the school doctor at a Waldorf school in New York City. He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1974, and practices anthroposophically extended medicine at the Fellowship Community in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Laura Summer

Laura Summer has been working with questions of color and contemporary art for 25 years. Her work, to be found in private collections in the US and Europe, has been exhibited at the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York City and at the Sekem Community in Egypt. She is a co-founder (with Nathaniel Williams) of Free Columbia, an arts initiative in Hillsdale, NY, that offers a year-long program based on the fundamentals of painting as they come to life through spiritual science. Her approach to color is influenced by Beppe Assenza, Rudolf Steiner, and Goethe’s color theory. She has published five books, and founded two temporary alternative exhibition spaces in Hudson, NY.


Symposium Schedule

Thursday,
September 19
Friday,
September 20
Saturday,
September 21
Sunday,
September 22
  8:00
Breakfast
8:00
Breakfast
8:00
Breakfast
9:00-1:00
Meetings of interest groups, specialist meetings (by invitation)
9:00
Workshops Session 1
9:00
Workshops Session 2
9:00
Class Lesson and Forum
      10:15
Break
  10:30
Break
10:30
Break
 
      10:45
Moderated Panel of Presenters and Workshop Leaders; Conversation
  11:00
Full Group Conversation and Sharing from Workshops
11:00
Full Group Conversation and Sharing from Workshops
 
      12:00
Conference Closing
  12:30
Lunch
12:30
Lunch (included in conference fee)
12:30
Lunch
      1:30
Post-Symposium Conversation
  2:00
Research Perspectives: Session 1
2:00
Research Perspectives: Session 3
 
  3:30
Break
3:30
Break
 
  4:00
Research Perspectives: Session 2
4:00
Open Space Meetings
 
5:30
Symposium Registration
5:30
Dinner (included in conference fee)
5:30
Dinner (included in conference fee)
 
7:30
Welcome
Michael D’Aleo: The Transformation of Material Scientific into Spiritual Scientific Research
7:30
Laura Summer: What Is the Relationship of Artistic Creative Activity to Spiritual Research?
7:30
Gerald Karnow: Expanding our Experience of Objectivity towards a Multi-Dimensionality of Knowing
 

Schedule and presenters are subject to change


Interactive Workshops

Workshops will be held in two sessions, on Friday and Saturday morning. Participants will choose which workshop they want to attend for both days.

Anneliese Davidson

Investigations into Visual Experience, with Michael D’Aleo
Most people take the visual impressions they have on a daily basis as simply given. Through a series of experiential exercises and conversations, we will begin to understand the depth of integrations that we are participating in when we form a clear picture of the world around us. The relationship of both outer and inner elements, while often seen as a duality, will begin to develop into a polarity over the course of the workshop.

Eurythmy: An Art as a Doorway to the Objectively Real? with Annelies Davidson
A schooling from subjective engagement to objective experience.

Laurie Portocarrero

Drama as a Path of Consciousness, with Laurie Portocarrero
The actor and teacher Michael Chekhov developed an artistic system that, by working with the objective reality of the self, transcends the actor’s limited pool of personal emotional experience to connect her with objective imaginations and archetypes. Through self-directed physical and etheric movement, the actor creates a space for the soul to move and express itself free from the actor’s subjective emotional experience. In this workshop, participants will use Chekhov's exercises to pursue an objective experience of the realm of soul and feeling.

The Creative World of Color, with Hans Shumm
How is it possible to practice the Art of Color objectively? Through demonstration, painting (watercolor) and conversation we shall explore the inner nature of color — learning how to engage in a dialog with color is essential! While working with our theme, we will discover how color can lead us toward towards an objective experience of the Etheric World.

Gary Lamb

From the Fundamental Social Law to the Reverse Ritual, with Gary Lamb
Starting with the experiences and insights of the workshop participants of "when two or more are gathered in my name" in various group situations, we will explore the path of inquiry and group research methods conducted by the Berkshire-Taconic Social Sciences Section over the last few years. Developing and maintaining objectivity is always a challenge in any field of research, most of all when the object of research is the higher self in relation to the social and antisocial forces and instincts at play in human encounters and organizations.

We will consider the Reverse Ritual as expressed by Rudolf Steiner as being the highest form of human association that demands utmost objectivity.


Research Perspectives

In three Research Perspectives sessions, six researchers will present and discuss their research. This year's Research Perspective applicants were asked to share their progress in developing methodologies for objectively investigating the realm of consciousness, soul and spirit. The six selected applicants each will receive an unconditional grant of $500 from Threefold Educational Foundation in support of their research.

This year's Research Perspectives presenters are: Bruno Follador (The Language of Nature and the Human Word: Redeeming the Onlooker in Man); Eiren Graver (On Perceiving the Elements of the Landscape); Henrike Holdredge (Mathematics as a Preparation for Spiritual Science); Michael Judge (Human Evolution – Is There Agreement Between Natural Science and Spiritual Science?); Michael Lapointe (A Method for Objectively Penetrating Questions of Economy, Money and Society); and Deborah Lothrop (As Light and Darkness Meet: Bridging the External and Internal Worlds).

For full descriptions of the Research Perspectives projects, click here.


Open Space Meetings and Presentations

On Saturday afternoon, time has been set aside for participants to make prepared or informal presentations about their work on the theme of the symposium.


Conference Registration

Conference Fee: Sliding scale symposium fee $200-$400, includes three full vegetarian meals at Threefold Café (dinner on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday), as well as coffee/tea and snacks during breaks.

Click here to register online. To pay by check or register by mail, click here to download a printable registration form.

A limited number of work-exchange places are available. Contact abigail@threefold.org for information.


Meals

Three meals (dinner on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday) are included in the conference fee.

For other meals, Threefold Café, located in Main House, serves nutritious, reasonably priced, mostly organic and biodynamic food. The Café's meal service is buffet with a vegetarian option and usually a meat or fish option, prepared from scratch. The nearby Hungry Hollow Co-op Natural Foods Market serves organic take-out, and there are many restaurants within driving distance.

Housing

If you need housing for the conference, you must make separate arrangements. For information about housing at Threefold and area hotels, please click here.

Conference Location

For detailed directions to Threefold Educational Center, plus a map of the campus, please click here.

For More Information

... About the conference or conference registration, contact Abigail Dancey: 845-352-5020 x25 or abigail@threefold.org.

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