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From the Editor

There’s much more. The Camphill movement is toward renewal of the natural sciences, and one of the insti- 

celebrating seventy years of community building around tute’s principles, Steve Talbott, illuminates biology today in 

special human needs and gifts. On page 67 we have a short “The Language of Organisms.”

look at their upcoming symposium, “Being Human in the John Bloom of RSF Social Finance takes us concisely 

21st Century.” On pages 18 and 19 we acknowledge two into “Money and Social Transformation”: “It seems absurd 

other culture heroes celebrating 150th birthdays: Joś Rizal to accept as valid the idea of accumulating that which is in- 

of the Philippines, a early leader in the non-violent renewal herently circulatory in nature: currency. But money, like 

of culture and society in East Asia, and Rabindranath Tagore, physics, is subject to the dominant materialist world view. 

whose work a century ago was a new flowering of the great Despite this, a different view is emerging.”

ancient culture of India.
So welcome! Enjoy this special issue, and let us know 

David Adams shares “The Search for Humanity in Con- what you think, by email to 

temporary Art,” a 2010 conference of the Art Section of the or by post to being human at 1923 Geddes Avenue, 

School for Spiritual Science. “The Radical Re-Visioning of Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA.

Psychology” at Rudolf Steiner College last fall, is reported by 
John Beck
William Bento. A short profile of The Nature Institute points
Editor, being human

From the Rudolf Steiner Library Newsletter

In this issue, we have a review by Christina Root of The There is also a review by Mark Gardner of The Lady 

Will to Create, Goethe’s Philosophy of Nature, by Astrida Orle Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twen- 

Tantillo, an exploration of Goethean science coupled with tieth Century, by David Salsburg. While Salsburg’s book is 

commentary on Goethe’s literary work. Despite the fact that hardly anthroposophical in orientation, it should prove 

Ms. Tantillo goes out of her way to distance herself from an- valuable to anyone trying to navigate his or her way through 

throposophists who, in her view, have treated Goethe’s sci- the eruption of statistics that confront us when we attempt 

entific work as “mysticism or religion,” Christina Root finds to make sense of today’s social problems, or of natural phe- 

the study to be so comprehensive and appreciative that it nomena. It illustrates the important shift from a qualitative 

adds to her own understanding of the Goethean outlook. to a more quantitative way of viewing the world.

Ms. Tantillo, in fact, adopts something of Goethe’s method- This issue also includes my review of two books on the 

ology in her own book.
evolution of consciousness: The Future of the Ancient World: 

We also have a review by Sarah Hearn of Common Essays on the History of Consciousness, by Jeremy Naydler, and 

Wealth: For a Free, Equal, Mutual and Sustainable Society, by Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary 

Martin Large, a new work dealing with Rudolf Steiner’s so- Era, by Sean M. Kelly. Both authors, from a Michaelic (but 

cial ideas as well as those of a number of contemporary writ- non-anthroposophical) perspective, have made original stud- 

ers connected with anthroposophy, including Robert Karp, ies that will be of keen interest to anyone familiar with Rudolf 

Nicanor Perlas, and Otto Scharmer. It is clear from Ms. Steiner’s work on the evolution of consciousness or Owen 

Hearn’s review that Martin Large has not only succeeded in Barfield’s magnum opus, Saving the Appearances: A Study in 

translating Rudolf Steiner’s seminal work on the threefold Idolatry.

social organism into a modern vocabulary, but has made sig- 
Frederick J. Dennehy
nificant original advances in his own right.
Editor, Rudolf Steiner Library Newsletter

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