Events >> Earth Talk: Abstraction and the world soul in the era of information - Shantena Sabbadini

Earth Talk: Abstraction and the world soul in the era of information - Shantena Sabbadini

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015 - 20:00

The next crucial step in the evolution of our civilisation - a step that began in the middle of the 20th century, but of which we are still only beginning to glimpse the tremendous implications - is the control of huge quantities of information. This trend is accompanied by an increasing reliance on abstraction: scientific models replace the sensuous world, the abstraction money governs our lives, virtual reality replaces actual experience, electronic communication defines our collective reality. At the avant-garde of this drive some neuroscientists work on transferring the mind onto non-biological support systems. While this technology holds the seductive promise of tremendous power, its philosophy is dramatically one-sided. Recovering the balance, our connection with the earth, our intuition, our feminine, honouring the world soul, is crucial for the survival of our species and of our planet.

Venue: Refectory, Higher Close, Dartington Estate, TQ9 6EL
Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015
Time: 8pm - 10:00 pm
Entrance: £5.00 / £4.00 concessions.

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Shantena SabbadiniShantena Sabbadini lectures in Systems Theory and Holistic Education

Shantena worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan, Italy, and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In Milan he helped lay the foundations for what is now called the “decoherence approach” to describing quantum observations, presently the most widely accepted understanding of this controversial subject. In Santa Barbara he contributed to the first identification of a black hole. From 1994 to 2002 he was a member of the faculty at Eranos, an East-West research center founded by C.G. Jung in Ascona, Switzerland. Since 2002, he is associate director of the Pari Center for New Learning, an alternative academic institute located in the medieval village of Pari, Tuscany, Italy. Together with the sinologist Rudolf Ritsema he has authored The Original I Ching Oracle, Watkins, London, 2005. Website: