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February 2021

Holistic Science Conference: Applying Holistic Science

13/02/2021 @ 10:00 am - 14/02/2021 @ 4:00 pm
Online

Holistic Science is based on Goethe’s science of nature that considers each organism as the expression of a unified whole. It was developed in the UK by scientists such as Henri Bortoft, Margaret Colquhoun and Brian Goodwin, and is being applied to increasingly diverse areas. This conference presents a number of areas that are being enriched by the methods and practices of holistic science. Zoom: The conference will be hosted on Zoom. Once you have registered, a link will be sent…

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March 2021

Goethe and the Evolution of Science

04/03/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
free

The first in an exciting series of online talks on the subject of Holistic Science Join us for the first in an exciting series of free monthly talks on the subject of Holistic Science, organised by Schumacher College in collaboration with the Field Centre. We’re delighted to announce that the first talk will be held by Dr Craig Holdrege. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was both a creative artist and a scientist. He viewed and practised science as a participatory endeavour…

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April 2021

The Beaver, My Teacher

01/04/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online

The second in an exciting series of online talks on the subject of Holistic Science. Join us for the second in our new series of free monthly online talks on the subject of Holistic Science, organised by Schumacher College in collaboration with the Field Centre. We’re delighted to be joined this time by Dr Judyth Sassoon. The reintroduction of beavers to the UK is attracting much attention and their capacity to modify ecosystems is especially significant. Judyth will present a multi-perspective,…

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May 2021

Goethe’s Morphology: A Device for Exploring and Generating Complexity

06/05/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online
free

Join us for the third in our new series of free monthly talks on the subject of Holistic Science, organised by Schumacher College in collaboration with the Field Centre. For this talk we’re delighted to welcome Dr Oriane Petteni. This talk approaches the Goethean Morphology as the forerunner of contemporary techniques of pattern generation via natural computing and computer graphics. I propose to read Goethe’s Morphology as an original device of reduction, departing from the phenomenological realm to intuit nature’s self-generating…

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June 2021

Alfred North Whitehead’s Philosophy of Organism

03/06/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Online
Free

Join us for the fourth in our new series of free monthly talks on the subject of Holistic Science, organised by Schumacher College in collaboration with the Field Centre. For this talk we’re delighted to welcome Matthew D. Segall. This talk introduces Alfred North Whitehead’s “Philosophy of Organism,” a novel metaphysical scheme that he articulated in the first half of the twentieth century not only as a protest against the lifeless Nature imagined by scientific materialism, but also as a rejection of…

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October 2021

Holistic Science in dialogue: the legacy of Bortoft, Colquhoun and Goodwin

01/10/2021 - 03/10/2021
Schumacher College
£100

This conference revisits and builds on the lasting contributions to holistic science made by Henri Bortoft, Margaret Colquhoun and Brian Goodwin In the seventies, physicist Henri Bortoft, biologist Margaret Colquhoun and mathematician turned biologist Brian Goodwin began a dialogue about wholeness in their respective areas of research. Taking the scientific studies of the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as their model, they developed a language for expressing the living relationship between the whole and the part, and thereby established…

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Engaging with the Plant Realm

01/10/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 26/10/2021 @ 8:30 pm
The Great Hall, Dartington, The Great Hall, Dartington
Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL United Kingdom
£10

A keynote lecture by Dr Isis Brook as part of our Holistic Science Conference. £10 / concessions £9 The evidence is now well established that natural environments, nearby nature, and just being with plants can improve mental wellbeing.  This is now driving social developments such as school gardening, therapeutic horticulture, increasing green spaces in urban environments, and doctors prescribing time in nature. How does it work? What is happening in human beings when we have plants around? And could that…

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The Spinoza of Totnes? Brian Goodwin and the Deductive Science of ‘Life’

02/10/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Great Hall, Dartington, The Great Hall, Dartington
Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL United Kingdom
£10

Abstract: Brian Goodwin’s work was consistently anti-reductionist, proudly anti-mechanistic, fiercely anti-Darwinian and relentlessly determined to re-focus the optic of scientific attention away from a gene-centred view of adaptive selectionism. What Goodwin was positing in his many books and papers was nothing less than a new 21st century naturphilosophie, a new kind of deductive naturalism that put the mathematics of form, of ‘structure’ rather than ‘measurement’, at the centre of its concern in an attempt to re-focus our understanding of what exactly…

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Public Lecture: Engaging with Plant Agency

07/10/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online
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Dr Isis Brook explores how we might better engage with plant agency in this Holistic Science Public Lecture. A collaboration between Schumacher College and The Field Centre. The evidence is now well established that natural environments, nearby nature, and just being with plants can improve mental wellbeing.  This is now driving social developments such as school gardening, therapeutic horticulture, increasing green spaces in urban environments, and doctors prescribing time in nature. How does it work? What is happening in human beings when we have plants around? And could that be…

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December 2021

Carols Through the Ages

01/12/2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tonalis Company of Singers, Conducted by Michael Deason-Barrow Carols, as we all know, have a special power to summon up the mood of mid-winter in ways that are redolent of mulled ale, candlelight and ancient mysteries. This enchanting carol offering will tell the story of Carols Through the Ages in an amazing diversity of cultures and places. 4:30pm, 19th December 2021 St. Andrew’s Church, Leighterton, Gloucestershire Enquiries: Tel. 01666-890460 / [email protected] Donations to the church & musicians in need charities.…

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