Category Archives: Integral Education
THE INTEGRAL PARADIGM OF KNOWLEDGE: Day 3
Natalia Pavlovskaya -Science and Sociology
Ananta Giri -Philosophy and Psychology
Arnab Chowdhury- Music and Poetry
Tong Schraa-Liu -Business and Society
Matthew Rich-Tolsma- Metatheory and Educational Praxis
Final day presentations of a seminar on the integration of senses, the faculties, the individual, universal, and transcendent Self; the approaches and disciplines of knowledge -seeing, hearing , speaking, thinking.
An exploration in the light of Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of Upanishads and Vedas.
The Auroville Campus Initiative -a presentation on; THE SYSTEMS VIEW OF LIFE: A UNIFYING VISION
By Prof. Pier Luigi Luisi Prof. Emeritus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. Dec 29 2015
The systems thinking emphasizes that the properties of a system composed by several components are due to the interactions of the components. The network of interactions is the major key, we go from the isolated components to their mutual web of links. Systems of this kind are under our common observation, for example complex machines, social structures, cities and the architecture complexes. Interdependence is the major key to understanding reality to enrich and complement with the new concepts of modern epistemology, particularly those coming from complexity theory. Thus, the notion of self-organization, the main aim of the recent book by Capra and Luisi (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014), are presented in some detail. We are probably at the limit of time for a healthy solution, but solutions are in principle still possible. On these we have to work.
BIO PROF. LUISI
Prof. Luisi, after his graduation at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, made his academic career at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), Switzerland as chemistry professor. Since 2003, he has been working at the University of Rome3, Italy.
His research focussed in the origin of life, and the synthetic biology of minimal living cells. Author of over 600 reviewed papers, and a dozens of books, which include The emergence of life, for Cambridge Univ.Press, 2006, now at the second edition; Recently, the book with Fritjof Capra, The systems view of life, for Cambridge univ. Press, 2014. He has been associated from the start (1987) with the Mind and Life Institute, see his 2009 book Mind and Life, for Columbia Univ.Press, 2009.
At the ETHZ, he created (1985) the Cortona-week, an interdisciplinary residential week for graduate students, who are asked to work with artists, psychologists, religious leaders, to open up their horizon and foster a new generation of world leaders with a more integrated and balanced view of life. One such Cortona-week was done in India, see www.cortona-india.org.
The Learning Community's base camp is located on the road to Dana opposite Transition School, it is a hands-on do-it-yourself adventure school. A recent announcement invites "All those enjoying getting muddy hands are most welcome to join us. Just drop in for an hour, a day, or for all three days!" TLC has been busy building the campus and the mud walling event is for the new composting toilet walls made of mud, bamboo, glass bottles and other materials. Auroville Radio tries to share the atmosphere and friendly enthusiasm that physical collective work often brings.
For more information about the The Learning Community (TLC) visit http://archive.auroville.org/education/the_learning_community/tlc_base_camp.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music: The Hit Parade, Song: In my Soul
Interviews with Ms Anusuya Kumar Ph.D. (School of Culture & Society, Aarhus University, Denmark) recently presented the fascinating and meticulous research work on Johannes Hohlenberg (1881-1960) encounter with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. (the actual presentation can be heard here http://www.aurovilleradio.org/close-encounters/).
..." It was as if he belonged to all worlds and cultures at once.... But this was only one side of his personality. Another seemed to live in infinity. I seemed to sometimes notice a slight hint of a smile on his face when he saw my amazement at his penetrating words. It was like I had been shot through the heart and mind." J Hohlenberg
Johannes Hohlenberg was a Danish artist and philosopher's journey during 1907-1915 from Paris to Pondicherry where he interviewed and painted Sri Aurobindo; and the resulting origins of Integral Yoga in early twentieth-century Scandinavia.
Featuring short interview with Kaeridwyn, a newcomer to be, about the theater classes at TLC (the learning community) which is based opposite Dana. Since January, she has been giving theater classes to children interested in theater and acting, working towards a performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Kaeridwyn has kept the lines as much is possible in original Iambic pentameter. A Midsummer Night's Dream comedy play by William Shakespeare, which is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1597. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. It follows the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals), who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
Children of all ages, open your ears and enjoy! The book "Yaroslava´s flowers by Noel Parent now audible and on its way into your hearts! Enjoy to hear how Yaroslava changes the world with flowers as she becomes conscious of their true meaning (The Mother´s names for them). The book is available in Auroville´s bookshops and on the net. The recording (Marlenka in Auroville radio studio) is a start in a series of translated versions of the story. Welcoming you to make Yaroslava speak your mother tongue! Kindly contact: email@example.com
A recent graduate from Kalikasan High School in Philippines, Kim Sun Myung visits Auroville for a spot survey for South Korean students. He attended an alternative system of education and aims to set up something similar in an otherwise stringent structure back in South Korea. He provides a micro view of the different options that students and recent graduates can choose outside of a particular system and the inspiration that can be derived from an experimental space like Auroville. We met at a dinner with a friend, and what he said about students needing ''happiness'' and feeling more connected to vocational options resounded with other such conversations with students in Auroville from across the globe. He talks about the importance of traveling as a learning experience and why he does not want to go to college. While a lot of socio-cultural factors come into the picture when considering these options, it is nevertheless refreshing to find voices expressing an interest in community life as well as aiming to get involved in the education systems in their countries.