2185Re: Two-part lecture on Pythagoreanism
- Aug 2, 2008Hi John,
That lecture series they have is indeed somewhat encouraging.
They offer the lectures for free to the public and I think it's
underwritten by the Templeton Foundation, but I'm not absolutely
On the other hand:
Aside from being invited to write the encyclopedia article on
"Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism" for the NEW DICTIONARY OF
THE HISTORY OF IDEAS, this is the first paying lecture I've been
invited to give since publishing THE PYTHAGOREAN SOURCEBOOK
AND LIBRARY over 20 years ago.
That is not a good indicator of the health of intellectual life,
especially considering how important and timely the idea (and
reality) of harmony actually is.
I hate to wander into politics, but the fact that Bush was elected to
two terms in the U.S. is also a very negative litmus test of the
current intellectual climate here in America.
Aside from that, if anyone reading this would be interested in
sponsoring me to give a lecture or lecture series at their institution
on cosmos and harmony, I'm open to invitations. I have a lot of
great visuals, and the approach that I'm taking in the second lecture
is to show how postmodern developments in science and mathematics
support and enhance Pythagorean and Platonic ideas of harmony
and cosmology. In mathematics you can see this in dynamical
systems theory (including fractal geometry) and in the life sciences
you can see it in discoveries like symbiosis and the coevolution of
living systems (think harmonic reciprocity).
One good point that R. Baine Harris once made is that any inclusive
philosophy is both analytic and synthetic, but that we've pretty much
lost appreciation for real synthetic thought. One of the contributions
that Pythagoreanism and Platonism could make is a contribution to
synthetic thought, if approached in a serious, rigorous way.
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