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11 Dec

Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process 2011

In News by poeticinterconnections / December 11, 2010 / 2 Comments

 

Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process

 

Season’s greetings! Mid-December, my endless summer of rest and renewal is finally drawing to a close… My sincere thanks to all of you who’ve kept in touch during my time away. Fully re-energized, I’m thrilled to share with you that in February 2011 I’ll be back teaching Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. The course is presented by their Continuing Education program, so enrollment is open to EVERYONE!

For those of you looking for unique gift ideas this holiday season, the class might make a fantastic Christmas (or belated Chanukah) present!

Here’s a course description, new and improved since its maiden voyage last year:

Great ideas inspire enduring art. This course explores grand themes shared by spiritual philosophy and cutting-edge science, using them as source material for artistic creativity. Examining energy, duality, infinity, chaos, evolution, and actualization, students will consider how these and other spiritual and scientific themes are mirrored in their own creative process, inspiring resonant artwork in any medium. Voluntary creative prompts will challenge student artists to depict entanglement, emergence, and higher and fractal dimensions. And in-class journaling assignments will require students to reflect on their own creativity, encouraging mastery of process as well as practice.

The course runs 10 weeks, Saturday mornings, and will include and expand upon all your favorite poetic interconnections among spirituality, science, and creativity. My students last year produced amazing artwork—visual, musical, and literary—based on class sessions. And as their teacher, I was equally inspired, their comments and reflections becoming part of this year’s curriculum (an evolution happily in progress).

So… Here’s a link to enroll in the class:

http://www.otis.edu/ce,course.php?crs=539&sem=28

I’m looking forward to seeing you there! And meantime, happiest of holidays to you and yours.

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29 Jan

Reminder: Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process

In News by poeticinterconnections / January 29, 2010 / 3 Comments

 

Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process

 

A reminder… My first full-length course exploring spirituality/science begins tomorrow! Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process will be presented by the Continuing Education program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA, and enrollment is still open to the public.

Here’s a course description:

Great ideas inspire enduring art. This course explores the grand themes shared by spiritual philosophy and cutting-edge science, using them as source material for artistic creativity. Examining energy, duality, infinity, chaos, evolution, and actualization, students write reflective journals each week about how these and other spiritual and scientific themes can be applied to their creative process, inspiring resonant artwork in any medium. Special presentations by artist Marcie Kaufman highlight the work of visual artists inspired by both spirituality and science, and a hands-on workshop mid-course guides students in enacting and illustrating some of the grand themes discussed in class.

The course runs 10 weeks, Saturday mornings, starting tomorrow, and will include and expand upon all your favorite poetic interconnections between spirituality and science. And Marcie Kaufman, my co-conspirator for the term, is brilliant and engaging, and her mid-course workshop is sure to be deep, enlightening fun.

Here’s a link to enroll in the class:

http://www.otis.edu/ce,course.php?crs=539&sem=25

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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23 Nov

Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process

In News by poeticinterconnections / November 23, 2009 / 4 Comments

 

Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process

 

I’m thrilled to share with you that starting in January 2010, I’ll be teaching a course in Los Angeles, CA called Spirituality, Science, and the Creative Process. The course will be presented by the Continuing Education program at Otis College of Art and Design, and enrollment is open to the public!

Here’s a description of the course:

Great ideas inspire enduring art. This course explores the grand themes shared by spiritual philosophy and cutting-edge science, using them as source material for artistic creativity. Examining energy, duality, infinity, chaos, evolution, and actualization, students write reflective journals each week about how these and other spiritual and scientific themes can be applied to their creative process, inspiring resonant artwork in any medium. Special presentations by artist Marcie Kaufman highlight the work of visual artists inspired by both spirituality and science, and a hands-on workshop mid-course guides students in enacting and illustrating some of the grand themes discussed in class.

The course runs 10 weeks, Saturday mornings, and will include and expand upon all your favorite poetic interconnections between spirituality and science. And Marcie Kaufman, my co-conspirator for the term, is brilliant and engaging, and her mid-course workshop is sure to be deep, enlightening fun.

Here’s a link to enroll in the class:

http://www.otis.edu/ce,course.php?crs=539&sem=25

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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26 Oct

Science and Nonduality Conference 2009

In News by poeticinterconnections / October 26, 2009 / 14 Comments


Science and Nonduality Conference 2009


This weekend I drove up to San Rafael, CA to present my research, “Religion, Science, and Education: A Curriculum in Perennial Philosophy” at the first ever Science and Nonduality Conference. I was thrilled to join colleagues and confederates from all over the world in sharing our work, and immersing ourselves in spiritual and scientific philosophy. I had a wonderful experience.

Some fellow attendees were gracious enough to snap a couple photographs… All of them are clickable, if you’d like to see them bigger. First is a close-up of my poster presentation:

Poetic Interconnections: Exploring Spirituality and Science at the 2009 Science and Nonduality Conference


Next is a photo of me just before my presentation began:

Adam Daniel Stulberg at the 2009 Science and Nonduality Conference


And last is a pic of me with Matt Silverstein, a friend and colleague from Antioch University Los Angeles. Matt referred me to the conference, and I can’t thank him enough.

Adam Daniel Stulberg and Matt Silverstein at the 2009 Science and Nonduality Conference


I’d also like to thank Aschleigh Jensen-Eldridge for connecting me with Matt, and for her ongoing friendship and coolness; Abi Behar-Montefiore for her generous assistance; and all the people I met at the conference who’ve become new subscribers to this blog… Welcome!

More essays exploring poetic interconnections between spirituality and science are coming soon…

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29 Jun

Religion, Science, and Education

In Essays by poeticinterconnections / June 29, 2009 / 8 Comments

Yesterday I graduated the Master of Arts in Education program at Antioch University Los Angeles! This personal milestone has put me in an excited and reflective state of mind. And so today, rather than detailing a specific poetic interconnection between spirituality and science, I’m feeling inspired to renew the overall mission statement of this blog, and my ongoing research in religion, science, and education.

This post is a credo!

The world’s religions have been at odds for centuries, with violent and tragic results. And since the Scientific Revolution in the 16th century, religion and science have also been unable to stop fighting. The reason for these conflicts is that our religious sects, and religion and science, have traditionally offered very different answers to the deepest questions people face: Where did we come from? Who are we? Why are we here?

These questions are philosophical, but should not be dismissed as abstract. Guiding philosophies lead directly to actions. Our metaphysics informs our ethics.

In his wonderful book Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues, groundbreaking religion/science scholar Ian Barbour defines metaphysics as “philosophical analysis of the most general characteristics and components of reality…” At this point in human history, we undertake such analysis of our foundations using religion and science as our main tools. Sadly, in my opinion, both have become misused and misinterpreted in-and-of themselves. Traditional religious dogma convinces us our deepest questions all have answers, promoting absolutism over inquiry, hubris over humility. Worst case result: we kill in the name of our chosen deity. The scientific materialism of classical physics reduced us to assemblages of mindless particles moving in empty space—purposeless, lacking agency and soul. Emphasizing technology over wisdom, we penetrated the atom and used what we learned to build nuclear bombs.

But inside these tragic problems lies their solution: there are less traditional forms of religion and new developments in science that answer our most vital metaphysical questions in ways that sound similar, finally allowing for the possibility of an integrative and constructive worldview in which we can all share, peacefully. These untraditional forms of religion are the mysticisms this blog continually describes and celebrates: Vedanta Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism, Kabbalah, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. The new developments in science are Einstein’s relativity theories, quantum theory, chaos theory, systems theory, and evolutionary biology.

The perennial philosophy of mystical spirituality and the worldview emerging from discoveries in modern science both describe a reality characterized by holism, interdependent relationship, and emergent creativity. This sort of reality should inspire awe and humility, compassion and charity, and playfulness and artistry.

As a thinker, writer and educator, I encourage all these orientations! I find them all to be expansive. Thus expanded, we all tend to kindness.

I also prioritize synthesis: both/and, higher level thinking. Other academics have championed religious tolerance, and tolerance between religion and science. While admirable, these efforts haven’t eased the perception that these two worldviews are fundamentally dissimilar—thesis and antithesis. My mission is actual resolution of the dialectic: I want to lead my readers and students in identifying principles common to religion and science, and interweaving them into a new unified and useful philosophical tapestry.

To repeat an analogy previously used in this blog: Only from the mountaintop can we clearly see how all paths upward actually converge on the same peak.

My goal is to illumine that summit—and to share the beauty, joy, and enchantment I experience seeing it all lit up!

Thank you, as always, for joining me along the way.

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