Programme

FRIDAY 6th April

Welcome

With Dr Paul Filmore, Chair of the SMN, and Dr Peter Fenwick, President of the SMN.
Dr Peter Fenwick, MBBS
Dr Paul Filmore, PhD
SATURDAY 7th April

Missing Persons: Has Science Taken the Wrong Turn?

The tremendous accomplishment of mechanistic thinking have created a false conviction among scientists that the only types of causation pertinent to the scientific venture are Aristotle’s material and efficient causes....
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Dr Bhakti Niskama Shanta, PhD

Towards a more Harmonious Concept through Vedanta and Science

 Although Science and Technology have made great advances, we still lack comprehensive concepts about life. Biology has not been able to explain the concept of life. The frontiers of Science in the 21st century are open to its own internal critique. The new critique is not something from without. Kant explained that “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.”
Dr Bhakti Vijnana Muni, PhD

Plenary Dialogue

Prof. Max Velmans, PhD
Dr Bhakti Niskama Shanta, PhD
Dr Bhakti Vijnana Muni, PhD

From Music to Clay – A Spiritual Journey through the Meeting of East and West in Ceramics

This talk explores the meeting of East and West in Studio Ceramics, fostered largely through Bernard Leach (1887-1979): artist potter, natural philosopher, and spiritual seeker. His influence on Western ceramic...
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Catherine Thom

The Philosophy of Idealism in India and the West

One of the first religious books I read was by Radhakrishnan, who expounds an Indian version of Idealism. Later I came across Hegel, a German Idealist who seemed to have...
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Prof. Keith Ward, DD
SUNDAY 8th April

Beyond Mysticism West and East: Towards a Global Spirituality

My lecture is an invitation to think about mystical spirituality in an inclusive, integral way, transcending all divisions through integration rather than negation. Weaving together different strands from Western and...
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Prof. Ursula King, PhD
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