The Activity of Spiritual Beings within Technology
In this workshop, Andrew Linnell will focus on Steiner’s surprising view of mankind’s future with machines. As time permits, we can examine things we can do now to deal with the impacts of technology (EMR/G5, addiction, virtual reality) both in our daily lives as individuals and as groups striving to ‘nudge’ the development of new technologies in a healthy threefold direction.
9:30-10:30: Further questions and elaborations from Friday’s lecture
11-noon: Ahriman’s Gift: Emancipation from Dead Thinking
12-1 pm: Lunch break
1-2 pm: Eurythmy (w/? – if none, then Future of Etheric & Physical Bodies)
2-3 pm: Counterbalances to use of technology – what can you do?
3-3:30: Q & A
Themes: the future predictions of Rudolf Steiner, the end of sexuality, the return of the Moon, development of freedom, threefold social order, consciousness evolution, and more.
Mechanical Occultism and the Threefold Social Order
Threefoldness in esoteric streams, in social order, in the human being, in the hierarchy – but technology?The Spirits of Birth and Death seek to destroy the human weal through their activity with technology.
“Supermen of Vulcan … will unite with earth-existence. But if human beings persist in nothing but opposition to them, earth-existence will pass over into chaos in the course of the next few 1000 years.” – Rudolf Steiner, A Picture of Earth-Evolution in the Future, May 13, 1921, GA 204.
Rudolf Steiner’s words sound like transhumanism: “the welding together of Mankind with Machines will be a great and important problem for the rest of the earth-evolution.” The Wrong and Right Use of Esoteric Knowledge, Lecture 3, Nov. 25, 1917
We will explore changes coming to our lives by threefoldness and the activity of various spiritual beings intent on manifesting change. Along with the usual suspects Ahriman and Michael, we’ll explore the role of the elementals, the spirits of birth and death, the Vulcans, and Hephaestus. Out of true knowledge we will find counter-balances for the healthy social life.
Exploring the Western Esoteric Path
“Supermen of Vulcan, Supermen of Venus, of Mercury, of the Sun, will unite with earth-existence. But if human beings persist in nothing but opposition to them, earth-existence will pass over into chaos in the course of the next few 1000 years.” — Rudolf Steiner, A Picture of Earth-Evolution in the Future, May 13, 1921, GA 204.
Futurologists such as Ray Kurzweil predict a time is coming when humans will merge with robotics. Rudolf Steiner’s similar statement is the “welding together of Mankind with machines will be a great and important problem for the rest of the earth-evolution.” The Wrong and Right Use of Esoteric Knowledge, Lecture 3, Nov. 25, 1917
We will explore the help being offered by Vulcan beings.
At first, Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity is Near) and Rudolf Steiner would seem to be polar opposites. Andrew Linnell, former CTO of OmegaBand and a 42-year veteran of the computer industry will explore how similar these two views of the future are. We’ll cover the dramatic changes foretold by Spiritual Science for the Post-Atlantean ages.
Friday Evening, March 24, 7pm-9pm
Lecture —Mankind’s Destiny with Robotics
Futurologists such as Ray Kurzweil predict a time is coming when humans will merge with robotics. Why is this important for Anthroposophists? We will explore the end of incarnation, the cessation of fertility, and the return of the moon.
Saturday, March 25, 9am-4pm
Workshop — Robotics and Moral Technology
“Oh Man, Know Yourself !” Do even machines call out this cosmic word to us? What role will robotics play in the near and distant future? How can Spiritual Science deal with this coming change?
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome, Logistics, Introductions
09:15 – 10:30 Lecture: Merging through Rhythms and Ethers
10:30 – 11:30 Eurythmy: The Three Movements
11:30 – 12:30 Discussion: Protecting, countering, confronting
12:30 – 01:30 Lunch (on your own)
01:30 – 02:30 Lecture: Mythology and Facing the Future Without Fear
02:30 – 03:00 Eurythmy: Exercises to balance computer work
03:00 – 04:00 Structured discussion: The Challenge of Our Times