Shifting Paradigms: Practical Ways of Moving Beyond Materialism with Rupert Sheldrake
The materialist worldview has dominated science and the academic world since the late nineteenth century and has a huge influence though technology, governments, economic development and the medical and educational systems, reinforced by many impressive achievements. Yet the sciences themselves are now bursting out of the dogmas of materialism, and consciousness studies are showing that minds are far more extensive than brains. In this workshop we will explore how to move beyond materialism in our own thinking; how to engage with materialists in constructive debates; how to help liberate our institutions from materialist assumptions; and how to engage in post-materialist activism. The paradigm shift to a holistic worldview provides many new opportunities for a new symbiosis of the sciences and spiritual traditions, for more ecological policies, for holistic medicine and healing, and for the arts. We will explore some of the many possibilities and find ways in which we ourselves can help promote the paradigm shift that is already under way.
Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 80 papers in scientific journals and 10 books, the most recent being Science Set Free. He was a Fellow of Clare College Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and from 2005-2010 was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. His web site is www.sheldrake.org
Saturday, September 7, 2013
CIIS Main Building
$150/$175/$200 includes lecture (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)