Transhumanism

If we could do what we wanted. The challenges of transhumanism

By Michael Hauskeller, May 2020

Transhumanism is a spreading philosophical and cultural movement and worldview which has set itself the goal of transcending the human being. This is to be done with the help of modern technology which is developing so rapidly today that it is difficult to predict how much it will soon allow us to do. [more]

Transhumanism

Thinking and artificial intelligence

By Edwin Hübner, May 2020

Computer programs attempt to map the laws of human logic. Artificial neural networks go deeper: they imitate the brain processes when a person thinks. Although the programs are written by humans, the networks are trained by them until they run by themselves. Much human thinking has flowed into artificial intelligence but it is frozen in the latter. What, then, distinguishes real human thinking? [more]

Transhumanism

Steiner’s surprising assignment

By Sebastian Lorenz, May 2020

The inhabitants of coastal areas in the eastern Indian Ocean learnt the lesson from the great flood disaster of Christmas 2004. In Thailand and Indonesia, reliable tsunami warning systems were installed with German assistance by 2008 and the way that houses were constructed was adapted in such a way that the water masses were able to flow through below the now firmly anchored raised buildings without causing major damage. Emergency ladders and bridges were built everywhere.  [more]

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Waldorf education in Kiev

By Ellen Niemann, May 2020

On 25 and 26 November 2019, a two-day international conference took place in Kiev on occasion of the hundredth anniversary celebrations of Waldorf education; the first day on the premises of the Ukrainian National Academy of Educational Sciences (NAES) and the second at the Sofia Waldorf School in Kiev. [more]

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Two sisters and a legacy. Waldorf education in New Zealand

By Nana Göbel, May 2020

Anthroposophy came to New Zealand as early as the second decade of the twentieth century through Emma Richmond. Her daughter, the teacher Rachel Crompton-Smith, together with her husband Bernard Crompton-Smith opened the small St George School in Havelock North in 1917 at which girls and boys were taught together, something extraordinary at that time. This impulse was taken up by Ethel Edwina Burbury and Ruth Nelson who founded the anthroposophical Taruna centre and a short time later the first Waldorf school in Hastings. [more]

Editorial

Deus in machina

By Mathias Maurer, May 2020

The philosopher Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494) wrote in his famous Oration on the Dignity of Man: “You yourself shall determine your [nature] without any restriction and limitation as you see fit. [...] We have created you neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, so that you by yourself, as your own creative fashioner, may give yourself the form you desire by your free and honourable choice. You may degenerate into brute bestiality; but you may also be reborn to something higher, to the divine if your soul thus resolves.” [more]

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