Came across this whilst researching something else :).
"Trans-Spirit is a natural science branch where
"researchers seek to achieve a complete scientific
understanding of spiritual phenomena and, based
on that understanding, to develop techniques and
technologies for inducing `spiritual experiences' at
Trans-Spirit aims to avoid any extended
discussion of the history or credibility of religion
and spirituality while focusing almost exclusively
on the physical mechanisms that predispose
human beings to believe and behave according to
religious and spiritual norms."
Spirituality and Transhumanism, Journal of Evolution and
Technology, 2005 Vol. 14 pgs 39-53, Michael LaTorra, New
Mexico State University
It's placed just before this Steiner quote:
"During the course of the Fifth Post-Atlantean epoch, so
many problems have lost all inner, vital warmth. The
countless questions which confront us when we study
Spiritual Science with any depth, simply do not exist
for the modern man with his materialistic outlook. A
different form of experience will come to the man of
modern times. In his own opinion he knows ever so
well; he observes the material world, uses his intellect
to establish the interconnections between its
phenomena and believes that all its riddles are solved
in this way, never realizing that he is simply groping in
a phantasmagoria. But this way of working coarsens
and dries up his ether-body, with the ultimate result
that the [Ahrimanic] powers, like a second nature,
will attach themselves to him. "
The Balance in the World
and Man, Lucifer and Ahriman, Rudolf Steiner
And, some fun old Skool (for me) stuff from the 70s:
"The machine image objectivizes at a stroke whatever
it touches by emphasizing its inherent otherness from
man, its non-communicability.
In the magical world-view of the Old Gnosis, all things
- animal, plant, mineral - radiate meanings; they are
intelligible beings - or the natural faces such beings put
on for us in the physical world.
But for Newton, the celestial spheres comprise a
machine; for Descartes animals become machines; for
Hobbes, society is a machine; for La Mettrie, the
human body is a machine; eventually for Pavlov and
Watson, human behaviour is machine-like.
So steadily, the natural world dies as it hardens into
Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland End
This is interesting, too:
" Mystery of Golgotha,
there were 3
Christ - Gnosis
Christ's battle with
Prince of Darkness
Ahriman, the Prince
of Darkness, mocks
Last one sounds like Der Staudi
It's part of a big document: http://www.thechristianmysteries.com/pdf/lectures/Wilton%20Society%20Esoteric%20Lecture.pdf.