FROM GONDISHAPUR TO COVID-19 – PART TWO

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INDIVIDUALITY OF FRANCIS BACON IN THE LIGHT OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE

HIS INFLUENCE ON CIVILISATION AND CULTURE THROUGH HISTORY – HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INDIVIDUALITY OF ARISTOTLE –                  HIS ‘NEW ATLANTIS’ – THE QUESTION OF REINCARNATION.

A webinar talk by Richard Ramsbotham

Francis Bacon is known as the founder of the modern scientific method – and as the person who envisaged the form and the pre-eminent position in society of modern scientific institutions. Today, therefore, when we are repeatedly told to “follow the science”, his work continues to be of great influence. What is the character of this influence, and what are its spiritual origins?

Bacon is also seen, in some circles and in some popular literature, as the author of Shakespeare and as the founder of the Rosicrucian movement. What is the truth of this?

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of contemporary spiritual science, or anthroposophy, took Bacon’s work and influence extremely seriously and addressed it, in different ways, over more than 25 years. With the help of Steiner’s work, as well as looking at Bacon’s work itself and other sources, we will attempt to get an overview of Bacon’s role at different times of history, including his relationship and struggle with the individuality of Aristotle.

Important individuals in the Theosophical Movement, like Annie Besant, also spoke about the previous lives – or incarnations – of Francis Bacon. We will refer to these, as well as exploring Rudolf Steiner’s research, which he shared towards the end of his life, about Francis Bacon’s karmic background, and comment on how this relates to other historical research.

We will conclude by mentioning the relevance of all this (for example, regarding medicine and technology) for the challenges of our present-day crises (Covid-19 and the 4th Industrial Revolution) – and how we may eventually meet these and overcome them.

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Richard will present on the recurring influence of Francis Bacon (scientist, politician, Rosicrucian[?]) in the development of today’s science, culture and technology – and the need for the further evolution of the consciousness soul.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 3:00 PM EST

Register here:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__MAYCl04Qi6nrOMbUl_9SA

Proceeds will support the anthroposophic initiative “Fourfold Living Arts”.

Richard Ramsbotham was born in Northumberland in 1962. After attending Cambridge University and Emerson College he taught literature at Warsaw University (1989-1993) and then trained at the Artemis School of Speech and Drama. Since then, he has worked as a teacher, lecturer, writer and theatre director. He is the author of ‘Who Wrote Bacon? Shakespeare, Bacon and James 1’; ‘An Exact Mystery – the Poetic Life of Vernon Watkins’; several plays and many articles on cultural, historical and current themes (e.g. 9/11 and Covid-19). He has also translated and directed Rudolf Steiner’s 4 Mystery Dramas. He is the co-founder of Fourfold Living Arts, an initiative bringing together the performing arts with the exploration of important cultural and current themes.

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Shining a Light into the Darkness

Path of Knowledge inner development is itself a process of shining light into the darkness.

As social challenges are intensifying, we are called upon more urgently to develop new capacities in understanding the human being, nature and medicine in wholeness. This series will focus on historical thinking influences which still darkly affect the soul of every modern human being. 

Because we see everywhere today that the “light shines into the darkness and the darkness comprehends it not”, what is our response to the recognition of darkness which lives within the thinking of each of us?

This series is open to all who study anthroposophy.

Proceeds will benefit anthroposophic organizations worldwide.

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SE PA Branch A.S.A. thanks IDEAS Bookstore for hosting the series’ announcement/registration page.