5th Annual

International

MysTech Conference

Consciousness, A.I. & Virtual Reality

“We are not here for ourselves alone; we are here for the sake of the universe”

Rudolf Steiner

Consciousness • Social • Medical • Physics • Tone • AI • Technology • Radionics

Genetics • Resonance • Eurythmy • BioDynamics • Color • Elementals • Spiritual Science

What is the MysTech Conference about?

MysTech is dedicated to driving positive change for our future by steering the role that technology will play in society and human evolution in the light of spiritual science. The past century has witnessed astonishing advances in technology that have impacted our day-to-day lives, health, and consciousness in profound and unexpected ways. When we consider the impact of technology in the context of our evolution as both physical and spiritual beings, how might it contribute to our future? Will continued advances in technology be a benefit or a burden for the potential of humankind? How must we respond to modern technological developments in order to shape the future towards the good?

In this conference you will gain new insights about the mysteries of technology from the perspectives of spiritual science through the original research of our distinguished speakers across a broad range of fascinating topics. You will also gain a new appreciation for social three-folding, biodynamics,  eurythmy, and more, and learn how these methods and thought-forms can help us to meet the coming challenges of the modern age.

REGISTER TODAY

Get Early Bird Discount Until July 1

ONLINE PASS

$200 $150

IN-PERSON PASS

$350 $300

IN-PERSON PLUS

$500 $450

WE WANT YOU TO ATTEND

If you need assistance with conference cost, please write us and let us know how we can help.
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JOIN US IN-PERSON THIS YEAR IN THE

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

This year’s conference will be a hybrid offering. You can come in-person or participate online. Come early before the conference and enjoy what Seattle and the surrounding Pacific Northwest have to offer. There’s so much to see that you're sure to want to have the extra time to experience every moment of it.

International Lineup of Speakers

With Timely & Relevant Topics Such As

Face-to-face with Virtual Reality • Ghosts in the Machine • The Teachings of Vidar • Trapped in the Metaverse • Technology and Consciousness • From Natural Science to Spiritual Science • Force and Energy • Why AI can never be Conscious or Evolving • Cymatics • And much more…

Gopi Vijaya, Ph.D.

Salt Lake City, UT

Daniel Perez

Peterborough, NH

Jennifer Gidley, Ph.D.

Australia

Florian Sydow

Honolulu, HI

Are Thoresen, DVM.

Norway

Aaron French, Ph.D.

Germany

Elana Freeland

Olympia, WA

Ralf Tita, Ph.D.

Germany

Robert Filocco

New Jersey

Boyd Collins

Philippines 

Patrick Kennedy

Ontario, Canada

Ed Conroy

San Antonio, TX

Tom Pichard

Woodinville, WA

David Tresemer, Ph.D.

Boulder, CO

Robert Schiappacasse

Boulder, CO

Brian Gray

Sacramento, CA

Robert McKay

Toronto, Canada

Grant Davis

Toronto, Canada

Theodor Hundhamer

New York

Andrew Linnell

Hudson, MA

REGISTER TODAY

Get Early Bird Discount Until July 1

ONLINE PASS

$200 $150

IN-PERSON PASS

$350 $300

IN-PERSON PLUS

$500 $450

WE WANT YOU TO ATTEND

If you need assistance with conference cost, please write us and let us know how we can help.
Send us an Email

Conference Schedule

~Schedule Subject to Change~

Thursday, August 11th

Robert McKay

Robert McKay

INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOSOPHY

6:00 PST
Theodor Hundhamer

Theodor Hundhamer

EURYTHMY

7:00 PST
Andrew Linnell

Andrew Linnell

MYSTECH BASICS

8:00 PST

Host Welcome | Grif Owen

CFAE Welcome | Frank Dauenhauer

MC Welcome | Ed Conroy

Gopi Krishna Vijaya, Ph.D.

Gopi Krishna Vijaya, Ph.D.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

9:30 PST
Doug Smith, Ph.D.

Doug Smith, Ph.D.

Technology and Consciousness

10:30 PST
Florian Sydow

Florian Sydow

From Natural Science to Spiritual Science

1:30 | 13:30 PST
Elana Freeland

Elana Freeland

Geoengineered Transhumanism

3:00 | 15:00 PST
Robert Filocco

Robert Filocco

The UFO Challenge

4:15 | 16:15 PST
Jennifer Gidley, Ph.D.

Jennifer Gidley, Ph.D.

Why AI can never be Conscious or Evolving

6:30 | 18:30 PST
Daniel Perez

Daniel Perez

Face-to-face with Virtual Reality and the Lesser Guardian

7:30 | 19:30 PST

Friday, August 12th

Robert McKay

Robert McKay

INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOSOPHY

6:00 PST
Theodor Hundhamer

Theodor Hundhamer

EURYTHMY

7:00 PST
Andrew Linnell

Andrew Linnell

MYSTECH BASICS

8:00 PST

MC Welcome | Ed Conroy

Host Welcome | Daniel Packer

Are Thoresen, MVD

Are Thoresen, MVD

The Teachings of Vidar and the Three Elemental Realms

9:30 PST
Tom Pichard

Tom Pichard

Introducing the Spiritual Stack and Flow Model

10:30 PST
Ralf Tita, Ph.D.

Ralf Tita, Ph.D.

Cymatics

1:00 | 13:00 PST
Gopi Krishna Vijaya, Ph.D.

Gopi Krishna Vijaya, Ph.D.

Force and Energy: What are they, really?

2:15 | 14:15 PST
Open Mic Panel

Open Mic Panel

Ask Your Questions

3:30 | 15:30 PST
School Gala

School Gala

Relax & Have Fun

6:00 | 18:00 PST

Saturday, August 13th

Grant Davis

Grant Davis

INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOSOPHY

6:00 PST
Theodor Hundhamer

Theodor Hundhamer

EURYTHMY

7:00 PST
Andrew Linnell

Andrew Linnell

MYSTECH BASICS

8:00 PST

MC Welcome | Ed Conroy

Host Welcome | Grif Owen

Daniel Perez

Daniel Perez

The Warmth of Life and the Cold of Computation in Etheric Resonance and Quantum Computing

9:30 PST
Aaron French, Ph.D.

Aaron French, Ph.D.

Ghosts in the Machine

11:00 PST
Boyd Collins

Boyd Collins

Trapped in the Metaverse

1:00 | 13:00 PST
StarHouse

StarHouse

How Can Our Online Culture Meet The Philosophy of Freedom?

2:15 | 14:15 PST
Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

A New Genesis

3:30 | 15:30 PST

MC Closing | Ed Conroy

One Fortunate Person will Receive a

Lautsänger Headphone

Every participant will be registered in a drawing for this one of a kind headphone that was developed from years of research in applied Cymatics cultivated through Spiritual Science. This headphone is beautifully retooled and enhance with cymatic patterns to deliver a living sound that is nourishing to the body, soul and spirit.

ECS Logo

Host Welcome

Eastside Community School

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Welcome to Eastside Community School

Conference Opening

Grif Owen is the President and one of the founding members of the ECS board of directors. He is the CEO and founder of CampusPoint Corporation which works with companies, in an ever-expanding list of geographies, as their on-campus college recruiting team. Grif has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington (UW), and an MBA from the UW’s Executive MBA program. He enjoys experiential education as well, visiting far-flung places from Antarctica to Vanuatu, flying real and model airplanes, scuba diving all over the world, and working their 20 acres east of Everett with his fleet of heavy equipment and other woodworking toys.

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High School & Enrichment Program

Friday Opening

Daniel Packer studied philosophy at Tufts University, and the evolution of consciousness in graduate school at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has furthered his Anthroposophical studies at the Center for Anthroposophy, and is currently undertaking a Eurythmy training. His studies followed the metamorphoses of human experience throughout the course of history, as culturally informed by the integrated developments of the arts, sciences, and religious expressions over time. He has applied this perspective in the context of human development by working intensively with Rudolf Steiner’s educational impulse as a Waldorf class teacher, high school humanities teacher, private tutor, and now as the coordinator of a new high school program which is devoted to the evolution of consciousness and Living Thinking at the Eastside Community School in Issaquah, WA

Person

Modern Day Waldorf Insights

Saturday Opening

Speaker TBD

FRANK

Frank Dauenhauer

Conference Coordinator | MC

Frank Dauenhauer is the Managing Director of the Center for Anthroposophical Endeavors (CFAE) which oversees the Rudolf Steiner Bookstore, MysTech, CFAE Media and Threefold Publishing.

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Ed Conroy

Master of Ceremony (MC)

Ed Conroy is the author of “Report on ‘Communion,’” (Morrow, 1989; Avon, 1990; published as “Informe Comunión” by Reediciones Anómalas, 2020), the result of his investigation into the life and work of Whitley Strieber, author of “Communion: A True Story” (Morrow, 1987) his account of experiences with non-human beings he called his “visitors.” He has reported on UFO investigations and the crop circle phenomenon for “Más Allá de la Ciencia” of Barcelona, Spain. Educated at California Institute of the Art’s School of Critical Studies, the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and the University of Texas at San Antonio, he was in those years a student at the San Francisco Zen Center and member of an esoteric studies community centered around The Philosopher’s Stone Bookstore, where he became familiar with the literature of anthroposophy and both classical and humanistic astrology. He was also a student of the later Albert Riedel (Frater Albertus) at the Paracelsus College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ed is a former arts reporter and columnist for the San Antonio Express-News. For the past 30 years he has been a student of the Western Hermetic Tradition in the Builders of the Adytum. Since 1998, he has served as Director of Development for Southwest School of Art in his native San Antonio, Texas.

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Robert McKay - Portrait

Grant Davis &

Robert McKay

Morning Session Series

Introduction to Anthroposophy

Online

Rudolf Steiner’s remarkable insights into the deeper questions of human life and the cosmos are the result of his developing a scientifically disciplined form of clairvoyance. In time, as others learn to unfold similar abilities, this new form of human knowledge will yield the second scientific revolution and a second cultural renaissance. The future of human civilization depends on it. 

Developing spiritual knowledge is within the reach of all people. While not everyone can become an occult researcher, everyone can begin the work and in doing so contribute something of importance to their personal development and our culture as a whole. 

Rudolf Steiner describes in minute detail how each of us can begin to unfold deeper talents hidden in the depths of our soul. In order to take the anthroposophical path of knowledge it is important to understand how meditative work changes a person, how the various meditative exercises function, and how to do them properly.

Day 1:

Anthroposophy as Renaissance 2.0
From Truth Alone to Truth and Love in Scientific Discovery

Anthroposophy is best understood as the beginning of the second renaissance, founded in spiritual scientific discovery. As this second scientific revolution unfolds, it will reshape our self-understanding and our way of life even more profoundly than the first did. In addition, this next leap in cognitive capacity will enable humanity to redress, to some degree, the growing dangers inherent in our current technologies. Nothing less than the fate of our civilization is at stake. We will make the leap to this new form of science, that requires the investigator to adhere to the values of truth and love, or the West will slide into confusion and misery.

Day 2:

Introduction to Anthroposophical Meditation
Your Are Designed to Achieve Enlightenment

Human beings are designed to undergo developmental processes. We see these obviously in the arch of one life in the growth of the body, the acquisition of language, and many other aspects. Anthroposophy shows us that we are also unfolding over many lifetimes. We are all on the slow-and-gentle-as-it-can-be path of karma and reincarnation, and provided you are trying to be a good person, you are designed to achieve enlightenment on this path, eventually. But we can also fast-track our individual development by taking the anthroposophical path of knowledge. The path consists of activities that trigger developmental processes that would otherwise require lifetimes of experience.

Day 3: Evolution. The Turning Point in Time. The Future of Mankind.

Grant Davis is from Toronto, Canada where he and Robert McKay lead one of the most active branches in North America. Grant has been a lifelong student of spiritual science.  He has worked as a computer scientist for 40 years but his first degree was in Zoology and has never lost his wonder of nature.

Robert McKay is a student of Rudolf Steiner’s and has a special interest in the anthroposophical path of knowledge. He is the Chair of the Board of the Rudolf Steiner College Canada, a member of the School of Spiritual Science, and a founding member of Anthroposophy in Toronto.

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Boyd Collins

Trapped in the Metaverse

In-Person

Trapped in the Metaverse

When Reality Itself Becomes a Marketable Product

The metaverse is being advertised as a technology that allows users to create their own realities. However, it will also allow the behavioral modification techniques currently used in social media to become far more effective, which may lead to what the father of virtual reality, Jaron Lanier, calls “the ultimate Skinner box.”

A description of the metaverse will be given and the type of human being it is designed to produce. The tech giants are spending many billions on the transition from social media to the embodied internet, an interoperable network of 3D virtual worlds that can be customized according to user requirements. However, as with social media, it is not the platform, but the user, that is the product. The platform reduces the human being to a collection of psychological drives and removes the “I”, the “authentic self” from its center. In the metaverse, the inner self is treated as a neurological illusion which can be manipulated in order to drive user engagement.

Boyd Collins has worked as an online content management specialist for universities, large multinational corporations and consulting companies for nearly three decades. He helped develop the Scholarly Communications Center at Rutgers University, a center for electronic research. Some of the companies he worked for include Accenture and SAIC (now Leidos), one of the leading contractors for U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Later, he became SharePoint Architect for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. In this position, he developed many techniques to enhance user engagement and guide user behavior online. Since his retirement in 2019, he has been researching and writing about the methods used by social media to keep users engaged so that their behavior can be predicted and nudged toward profitable outcomes by platforms such as Facebook and Google. He has published the results of his research in being human, New View, and Covid Call to Humanity.

You can find Articles by Boyd Collins at these following sites:
Medium.com
Being Human: 2019
Being Human: 2020
New View Magazine 2020

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Theodor Hundhamer

Morning Session Series

Eurythmy

Online

Eurythmy as Counterbalance in our Technological Age

Planetary Gestures and the Role of the Zodiac in Consonants

The planetary sequence from Saturn to Venus (Friday) is the basis of the Eightfold Path and also of Rudolf Steiner’s exercises to overcoming nervousness. During the lessons you will learn the eurythmy gestures for the seven planets and discover the story they reveal to us.

The eurythmy movements of the consonants are an expression of bodily resources but also of the zodiac. During the course we will discover the interaction of different zodiac signs in the eurythmic movement of a sound. We work on some examples and you get a chart of the totality of the interrelationships. I promise this will be fun!

Theodor Hundhamer, as a student, was an avid glider pilot and studied aircraft at the Technical University Braunschweig. There he built experimental gliders and graduated in the fields of gear mechanics and factory operations. In between he worked in curative education and trained as a kindergarten teacher. After completing his studies, he worked for four years as a plant engineer at WALA-Remedies, during which time he dealt with the spiritual significance of technology for humans. He studied Eurythmy in the Netherlands and America and Eurythmy Therapy in Germany. Theodor also teaches eurythmy on skis. is the founder of www.eurythmy4you-en.com. He has a eurythmy therapy practice in Bern and in Biel in Switzerland.

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Tom Pichard

Spiritual Stack and Flow Model

In-Person

Introducing the Spiritual Stack and Flow Model

Toward a Transcendental Architecture of Consciousness

Modern day society does not provide us a way to concretely believe in a connection to spirit yet Rudolf Steiner’s approach linking our spirituality to our thought is in full evidence to Anthroposophists.  What is missing for a public understanding of this is a way to succinctly grasp Steiner’s cognitive approach to spirit. 

Just as a visual representation of DNA replication processes was crucial in advancing genetics in 1953 when Crick and Watson proposed their double helix model so a model representing the lineage of cognitive awareness from intuition down to language could help secure an understanding for how our cognitive state’s lineage can lead us back to spiritual source. Concepts of information technology and information flow will be instrumental in helping us on this path. The Spiritual Stack and Flow model of consciousness is the result of this investigation.

Tom Pichard is a member of the First Class since 2016 and a student of Steiner for 20 years, Tom is pursuing how to promote and demystify spiritual science for today’s culture. Tom was born and raised in France and is a graduate of Princeton having recently spent 20 years at Microsoft in product and data mgmt. He is currently in the middle of authoring a book entitled Finding Spirit in the Digital Age: How to Recover Meaning in a World Dominated by Technology.

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Andrew Linnell

Morning Session Series

Mystech basics

Online

Over three days, Andrew will lay out the basics for understanding what MysTech is and how it intends to achieve its goals. Andrew will discuss the dangers and the counterbalances as indicated by Rudolf Steiner. He will elaborate on why this is necessary in our times and what the future holds.

Day 1: Rudolf Steiner’s indications of a Mechanical Occultism, Aging of Humanity (and Earth) – what are we to develop in each age, The Terrible Truth.

Day 2: Living and developing in the Technological Age, Pandemonium and Ahriman’s Incarnation, Strength of Soul, Heart- thinking, Counterbalances, Eurythmy, Refined Breathing.

Day 3: Moral and Mechanical, Path of a Moral Impulse, Transhumanism and RS, Timeline, Working with spiritual beings: Fallen Spirits of Darkness, Vulcans.

Ghosts in the Machine

Andrew Linnell is co-founder and CEO of MysTech (mystech.org and mystech.co), an organization seeking to realize Rudolf Steiner’s indications on Mechanical Occultism. He retired from a 42-year career in the computer industry in 2013. He had been CTO of OmegaBand in Austin, TX. and has worked at EMC, Compaq, DEC, Wang Labs, and IBM. He is president of the Boston branch of the Anthroposophical Society and a member of the School for Spiritual Science. He is the father of three and the author of two children’s books  plus an art history book The Hidden Heretic of the Renaissance: Leonardo and a history book The Uncomfortable History of Christianity. He leads several MysTech study groups and has published four study group guidebooks.

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Gopi Vijaya, Ph.D.

keynote Address

Force and Energy

In-Person

Force and Energy: What are they, really?

In this presentation we will touch upon the actual phenomena that underlie these concepts that we use every day in a cavalier way. We will dig into the differences between different manifestations of force, and also the different guises in which we understand energy. It will be shown how we can ground these words in precise experimental ways instead of dealing with them abstractly. In addition, the identification of these manifestations of force and energy with our own human constitution will be described, and the ever-fascinating topic of “energy conservation and free energy” will be addressed.

Gopi Krishna Vijaya, PhD, is from Bangalore, India. He completed his undergraduate physics training from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India), and his PhD in physics (Solar Energy) from the University of Houston in 2014. He is currently engaged in postdoctoral research of the Reciprocal System of Physics – a way to inculcate Goethean thought into modern physics – in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the natural scientific domain, he has been the author of 13 journal publications in experimental and theoretical semiconductor physics, presented his work in multiple international conferences (IEEEPVSC, SPIE etc.), served as a research mentor for a number of students, worked with the Port of Galveston Solar Project and collaborated with MIT, Cal Tech, Imperial College London, University of New South Wales and the University of Tokyo among others in an International Consortium for Solar Energy.

The StarHouse

The StarHouse

Meeting The Philosophy of Freedom

Online

How Can Our Online Culture Meet The Philosophy of Freedom?

Are We Thinking Yet? Activate living thinking by working through the planetary spheres.

How can we activate living thinking? Online culture habituates us to passively accept doctored images and pre-formed conclusions unquestioningly, rather than to observe the world with fresh interest from multiple points of view, to think actively – forming new insights, new inner pictures and new questions – and then to act creatively out of our growing understanding of what we can lovingly contribute through our deeds, as articulated by Rudolf Steiner in The Philosophy of Freedom. As understanding grows, we realize our soul’s activity is expanding through the planetary spheres: from Observing/Sensing (Earth), Mental Picturing (Moon), forming clear Concepts (Mercury), Feeling-thinking (Venus), Moral Intuition (Sun), forming Moral Concepts (Mars), developing Moral Imagination (Jupiter) and applying Moral Technique (Saturn) to fulfill our creative free deeds. As our hearts begin to have thoughts, we can rightly prepare to meet our technological future.

Brian Gray began studying Anthroposophy in 1976 and has been practicing astrology since 1966. He taught courses related to Anthroposophy and Star Wisdom at Rudolf Steiner College for over 38 years, and several of his articles are published in issues of the Journal for Star Wisdom. Brian authored Discovering the Zodiac in the Raphael Madonna Series, and he has presented a number of video courses available for viewing at WiseCosmos.org. 

Robert Schiappacasse has been involved for many years as a national leader in the Waldorf and independent school movement, serving in leadership roles and as an advisor for North American Waldorf schools on school administration, organization, and governance. Robert began studying astrology in 1971, and later studied with astrosophy pioneer Willi Sucher. He has been a student of Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy for more than 40 years. Robert is the author of star wisdom articles (published in the Journal for Star Wisdom) and is the co-author of the book Star Wisdom & Rudolf Steiner.

David Tresemer, Ph.D. (psychology), co-founder and past president of Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology, is the co-founder of the StarHouse in Boulder, Colorado, and the developer of the Solar Cross system for the “star poem” qualities of each of the 360 zodiacal degrees. He has been an organic/biodynamic farmer and written The Scythe Book: Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains with Hand Tools, which has sold a thousand copies every year for forty years. He is the author of star wisdom articles (published in the Journal for Star Wisdom) and other books, and is the co-author of the book Star Wisdom & Rudolf Steiner. David is editor and contributor to the book The Counselor… As If Soul and Spirit Matter.

Visit The StarHouse here:

www.thestarhouse.org

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Elana Freeland

Geoengineered Transhumanism

In-Person

Geoengineered Transhumanism

From Macro to Micro

Geoengineering began decades ago as a classified project known loosely as Project Cloverleaf. It wasn’t about ameliorating “global warming” or “climate change” at all, but it produced a lot of both. It was about engineering the weather, controlling the ionosphere, and ionizing the atmosphere for myriads of wireless operations, including those run from space by artificial intelligence.
 
What those of us paying attention to the various chemical signatures, not condensation trails, coming out of the backs of stratospheric jets could not yet fathom was that the project also included vast biological implications for when molecular biology was finally translated to digital biology, and transhumans loaded with nanotechnology — Humanity 2.0 — would also be run from space.

Elana Freeland is a writer, ghostwriter, teacher and lecturer who researches and writes on Deep State issues like geoengineering, MK-ULTRA, ritual abuse, targeting and invasive electromagnetic weapons. She is best known for her geoengineering trilogy Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth (Feral House, June 2014), Under An Ionized Sky: From Chemtrails to Space Fence Lockdown (Feral House, February 2018), and now Geoengineered Transhumanism: How the Environment Has Been Weaponized by Chemicals, Electromagnetism, & Nanotechnology for Synthetic Biology, released in October 2021. (Under An Ionized Sky has been translated into Serbian and is recommended at a Technical University in Serbia, Nikola Tesla’s home nation; to date, it is the only book available to the public about how Tesla technology has been weaponized on a planetary scale.)

Freeland’s undergraduate degree was in creative writing with a second major in biology. Her Master of Arts degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico concentrated on historiography, and her thesis was awarded honors.

Elana’s website is elanafreeland.com and she posts daily at her one Facebook site left, EMF Planetary Engineering, plus gab.com Groups (“Geoengineered Transhumanism with Elana Freeland”).

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Aaron French, Ph.D.

Ghosts in the Machine

Online

Ghosts in the Machine

Rudolf Steiner discusses Technology and the Dead

Rudolf Steiner lived during an exciting and distressing time in European history, a time that witnessed the rise of spiritualism and theosophy but also unparalleled advancements in technology and new scientific discoveries. Steiner met these challenges by endeavoring to bring together occult ideas with the methods and concepts of the natural sciences. As is well known, Steiner placed a great deal of importance on the connection between living human beings and the souls of the deceased. At the same time, he described a connection between disembodied souls and the later technological developments that would enable machines to have thoughts and think. This presentation explores what Steiner believed concerning the possibility of an “artificial intelligence” in relation to machines and the connection of this “intelligence” to the realm of the dead.

Aaron French, PhD, is a lecturer in Religious Studies. His research explores the intersection of science, religion and technology. He lives in Germany, where he creates sacred spaces.

Find out more about Aaron French at:
www.academia.edu
www.uni-erfurt.academia.edu/AaronFrench

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Patrick Kennedy

A New Genesis

In-Person

A New Genesis

Artificial intelligence, robotics, and the deepest human calling to become creators.

We will explore how the ancient esoteric wisdom concerning the human being as revealed in the book of Genesis, esoteric Christianity and Anthroposophy can place the emergence of artificial intelligence, robotics and the meta-verse within the context of a truly human cosmology. Further, the speaker will try to show how communities of human beings must form to create the same three things on a higher level in order to fulfil the hope of a truly human future.

Patrick Kennedy was consecrated into the priesthood in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to attending the seminary in Stuttgart, Germany, Patrick studied and worked in the field of early childhood education and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in cultural anthropology.  He has worked as a priest in the congregations in Devon, Pennsylvania and the Greater Washington, D.C., area.  Then, in Chestnut Ridge, New York, he took up the roles of both seminary director and resident priest in the local congregation. In July 2019, Patrick, his family, and the entire seminary moved to the Toronto area.

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Jennifer Gidley, Ph.D.

Why AI can never be Conscious or Evolving

Online

Why AI can never be Conscious or Evolving

Meet Postformal Psychology

The term artificial intelligence (AI) is an oxymoron. Intelligence, by nature, cannot be artificial and its inestimable complexity defies any notion of artificiality. We need the courage to name the notion of “machine intelligence” for what it really is: anthropomorphism. Until AI researchers can define what they mean by intelligence, and explain how it relates to consciousness, the term artificial intelligence is meaningless. But the technotopians discussing AI and even artificial superhuman intelligence (ASI) carefully avoid the consciousness question. They seem unaware of the research on evolution of consciousness showing that human intelligence is continually evolving. Even at its most ambitious, AI is limited to trying to replicate “abstract reasoning and general problem-solving skills” (strong AI), or Piaget’s formal reasoning. There is no evidence that AI developers are aware of the limits of formal reasoning, let alone the decades of psychology research on higher-level reasoning, or postformal reasoning. At best, AI is little more than machine capability. As for machine super-intelligence it is difficult not to read this as unbridled hubris.

Jennifer M. Gidley, PhD, is an internationally renowned psychologist, educator, and futures researcher, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney. She is a global thought leader and advocate for human-centered futures in an era of hi-tech hype and hubris. Her PhD Dissertation on “Evolution of Consciousness” won the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for excellence.

Former President of the World Futures Studies Federation (2009-2017), UNESCO and UN partner and global peak body for futures studies, Jennifer led a network of world leading futures researchers from over 60 countries. Previously, she founded and pioneered a Steiner school in Australia (1984-94), was an academic researcher at four Australian Universities (1995-2012), and now speaks and consults in Asia, Europe/UK, the Middle East and the USA.

Jennifer has published over fifty academic papers and three books: The Future: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017), Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Springer, 2016), and The Secret to Growing Brilliant Children: Steiner Education for the 21st Century (Bear Books, 2020).

Find out more about Jennifer Gidley at:

Linked-In Page: www.linkedin.com/in/jennifermgidley/                

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Gidley/e/B01A9G71JM

You-Tube Page: www.youtube.com/channel/UCa65cExUEibCoOUP8qkUPYA

Online Courses

Integral Global Futures: Environment

Integral Global Futures: Socio-Cultural Systems

Integral Global Futures: Geo-Political Systems

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Ralf Tita, Ph.D.

Cymatics

In-Person

Cymatics

Approaching the lively aspects of the world

The term cymatics comes from the Greek word cyma which means wave. It was coined in the 1950s by Hans Jenny a medical doctor and artist in Dornach. It is a new approach in research that combines art and science. With this approach it is possible to come to a deep understanding of the phenomena of sound and matter up to the formative forces of live. In this course we will have an overview about how the cymatic approach evolved over time starting with Ernst Florence Chladni to nowadays research and practical applications. The lecture will be supplemented by various live experiments and demonstrations. You are also invited to perform your own cymatic experiments at our booth during the conference.

Dr. Ralf Tita works since 2009 in the “House of Singing” which was founded by Atmani in 2000. He organized the World Cymatics Congress in Germany in 2014 and is part of the faculty of the “School of Cymatics”. He is the publisher of the Mani Verlag and is part of the Board of Directors of the Orphideum NGO. He is also with the Lautsänger company that builds speaker and headphones based on the insights of cymatics to archive a true lively sound. works since 2009 in the “House of Singing” which was founded by Atmani in 2000. He organized the World Cymatics Congress in Germany in 2014 and is part of the faculty of the “School of Cymatics”. He is the publisher of the Mani Verlag and is part of the Board of Directors of the Orphideum NGO. He is also with the Lautsänger company that builds speaker and headphones based on the insights of cymatics to archive a true lively sound.

Links

www.internationalcymatics.org

www.welt-kymatik-kongress.org

www.orphideum.org

www.maniverlag.com

www.lautsaenger.com

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Doug Smith

Technology and Consciousness

Online

Technology and Consciousness

Technology, Spirituality, and the Consciousness Soul

We will focus on the challenges of materialism, technology, the mystery of evil, Christ’s return and development of the consciousness soul. The ability to take in day-to-day events, and to continue to move forward with inspiration and purpose is a key task of our age. The imaginative capacities required to understand and visualize the worlds revealed by technology – the cellular and molecular world, for example, – provide a strong foundation for those required to navigate the inner etheric and astral worlds. Maintaining a strong moral foundation as we learn to traverse these inner and outer landscapes is a key skill we must acquire as we seek to navigate the ship of humanity into the future. As we follow the path of Christ downwards and then upwards, we must bear in mind the transformed thoughts that we will bring back to the living universe.

Doug Smith is a molecular geneticist whose career has focused on genomic technologies, the human genome and personalized medicine. In parallel, Doug has pursued his long-term interest in Spiritual Science, Anthroposophy and Christology. Learning to navigate both inner spiritual and outer technological paths has been a lifelong goal, and Doug’s experience has been that the two are more complementary than contradictory.

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Robert Filocco

The UFO Challenge

In-Person

The UFO Challenge

The Spiritual Meaning of the UFO Phenomenon

In this presentation, three areas of the phenomenon will be touched on, the technological, intrapsychic and ontological/spiritual. Special focus will be on the so-called abduction literature. Similarities between what Steiner called Ahrimanic and Luciferic beings and the appearance and apparent agendas of UFO beings will be explored via quotes from Steiner and modern-day experiencers. The role of more benevolent beings, the “Vulcans” will also be discussed. The connection of this phenomenon with the Ahrimanic agendas of transhumanism and AI will be examined, as well as the potential hybridization and future evolution of mankind. The dangers of three forms of materialism will be touched on, offering an alternative blending the best of the “new sciences” and traditional supersensory organic development.

Robert Filocco, after completing his advanced studies in Psychology, began his work in the field of mental health which has continued since 1986, most recently in private practice.  He has served as an adjunct professor of Psychology at several universities and colleges. Since his youth he has pursued interests in the paranormal, especially UFOs, publishing in The Bulletin of Anomalous Experience, Outer Limits Magazine, and related journals. He is also a children’s book author. Most recently he has pursued in depth reading and study of Rudolf Steiner, leading up to his recent paper “Steiner, Ahriman and UFOS” serving as the basis for the conference’s presentation.

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Are Thoresen, MVD

The Teachings of Vidar

Online

The Teachings of Vidar and the Three Elemental Realms

Are details the teachings he receives from the beings Vidar and Balder – who stand as guardians to the threshold of the outer etheric world – and characterizes the Northern way of initiation, which is based on merging, or ‘fading’, into nature. Based on painstaking research, he describes the individual qualities of the three elemental realms, and how the adversarial forces – seeking to corrupt human senses – hinder spiritual observation of them. Are explores human potential for spiritual knowledge and experience in our time.

Are Thoresen, MVD while incapacitated by Covid, found a blessing in that he was given insight into the Three Elemental Realms. Since 1981, Are has operated a holistic private practice for horses, small animals, as well as humans in Sandefjord, Norway. Trained in the veterinary arts, Are has also trained in acupuncture, homeopathy, and anthroposophical medicine. Are has published over 25 papers and 10 books. He lectures and offers workshops. As a MysTech member, Are’s focus has been on the Hygienic Occultism.

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Daniel Perez

Face-to-face with Virtual Reality

The Warmth of Life

In-Person

Face-to-face with Virtual Reality and the Lesser Guardian

The Raising of Consciousness and Spiritual Experience in the Age of Technology

The physical human being is founded on the special fluid of the blood, and it is in this substance that the ‘I’ of man finds expression. Over many lifetimes we work through our blood to build our capacities to experience spiritual beings. Through such personal incarnation histories, we form the Lessor Guardian of the Threshold, a being of our own creation with dark and menacing qualities. This being manifests our failures along the way while simultaneously serving the purpose of protecting us from premature entry into the spiritual worlds. We do not experience this being consciously until we turn inward and desire truth and transformation.

In contrast we may turn to Virtual Reality as a sort of drugging of our senses, without need for moral intuition or self-transformation. In the world of VR we cannot “hurt” anyone, if we believe ourselves to be purely material beings. Performing unnatural and purposeless acts within the mind may be viewed as “normal” but what of the spiritual daemons we project into the world in such mental activities? This is the immorality of self-deception.

In this presentation we will explore the nature of spiritual and clairvoyant experience, discovering how the Word resonates in the blood through occult works such as the book of Revelation in the Bible and the First Class from Steiner. In contrast we will consider the occult physiology of the senses and the nerves, where the nerves are fused so closely to the blood that we experience only external phenomena, and the immoral nature of deception.

The Warmth of Life and the Cold of Computation in Etheric Resonance and Quantum Computing

Towards an Understanding of Moral Technology

This presentation builds upon the foundational work of the prior presentation, “Face-to-face with Virtual Reality and the Lessor Guardian.” We will explore the resonance to be experienced in facing the Lessor Guardian, within the blood and the nerve-blood relationship, to unfold the potential forces that may be revealed in this exchange. We know that beings are able to communicate with us through the ‘I’ forces of the blood, what we may call the “warmth” forces. They work into our etheric and astral bodies. Yet we also know that quantum computing relies on a form of communication at the particle level, known as “superposition” and “entanglement.” To exploit this property, matter must be driven as cold as is possible on the earth, to absolute zero! We will contrast these two directions in technology and the effects on human consciousness to arrive at a possible understanding for a moral technology.

Daniel Perez is a Computer Scientist in the Boston area, and an Anthroposophist since 1980 when as a Waldorf high school student he attended his first youth conference. He is President of the Board of the Center for Anthroposophy, the Waldorf teacher training and Renewal non-profit, and CEO of Threefold Strategies Fund that seeks to return capital from the financial markets to the Cultural domain. His spouse is a fellow spiritual scientist, and his son is a Waldorf teacher in San Francisco. His daughter is a writer and a deep sea fisher-woman. Daniel derives research from his exoteric, meditative life, and is a regular speaker and writer.

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Florian Sydow

From Natural Science to Spiritual Science

Online

From Natural Science to Spiritual Science

Applying The Anthroposophical Spiritual Scientific Perspective Developed by Rudolf Steiner to the Technological Trajectory and Evolutionary Challenges We Collectively Face.

The Environmental Crisis and the Dangers Posed by Emerging Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, 5G, Biotechnology, Virtual Reality (VR), Blockchain, Metaverse, Simulated Multiverse. Awakening to an Awareness of the Ahrimanic Source of Inspiration for the acceleration towards the Singularity, Transhumanism and Posthumanism.

Distinguishing between Exoteric and Esoteric forms of Knowledge and treading a Modern Path of Initiation. Distinguishing the Boundaries Between Nature, Sub-Nature, and Super-Nature. Exploring the Nature of the Etheric. The Most Important Event of Our Time.

Spiritual Science as A Grail-Science. The potential development of a future oriented Moral Technology. The relationship of the Tao/Tau and the Mysteries of the Holy Grail.  The Grail Secret embodied in the First Goetheanum as a New Mystery Center and Rudolf Steiner as a Grail Initiate.

The 100th Anniversary of the Burning of the First Goetheanum (Arson). The Sculptural Group the Representative of Humanity. The Two-Fold and Three-Fold approach to the Mystery of Good and Evil. The Middle Way and the Redemption of Evil.

The Emerging Global Brain and the Noosphere. The Nature of the Microcosmic and Macrocosmic aspects of the Human Double (Doppelganger). Expanding Human Consciousness to Embrace Our Planetary and Cosmic Dimension. The Contrast between the Copernican and Ptolemaic Views of the Solar System From an Esoteric Perspective. Outer Space as the New Frontier? The Death and Rebirth of the New Isis, Sophia.

The Occult Nature of Electromagnetism. Contrasting the Etheric Aspect of Light & and the Sub-Nature aspect of Electricity. The Relationship of “Living Thinking”, “Heart Thinking” to the Etheric Brain and Heart. The Relationship of Brain-Bound “Shadow Thinking” to Electricity. The Eighth Sphere and engaging in the Spiritual Battle for the Future of the Earth and Humanity.

The Philosophy of Freedom, Ethical Individualism, and the Threefold Social Order.

Florian Sydow is a founding member of Kahumana Farm & Community located on Oahu, Hawaii. He has over 30 years of experience in the design & building industry including organic architecture. Florian is a long time student of Goethean Science & Anthroposophy with a special emphasis on the implications of Technological Development from an Esoteric Perspective. He has offered presentations and workshops on various spiritual scientific themes over the past decades. He is Vice Chairman of the Anthroposophical Society in Hawaii and is married to a Waldorf Teacher & father of three Waldorf graduates.

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Jordi Boig

The Fonzie of A/V

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