Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Way Outside The Box...
POETRY SCIENCE TALKS BACKGROUND: Poetry Science Talks is a salon/discussion group -- an ongoing series of out-of-box discussions and good fellowship -- hosted in New York City (and now in Woodstock and in Sag Harbor, NY) since April, 2001 by partners Neal Goldsmith and Ed Rosenfeld.Poetry Science Talks is NOT about the science of poetry, nor poetry about science, but rather focuses on a poetical science (and philosophy) broad enough to serve as a conceptual umbrella for quantum mechanics, meditation, psychosomatics, psychedelics, spontaneous remission, peak experience, stigmata, artificial intelligence, emergent properties, cosmology, placebo, relativity, healing, creativity, that spark of knowing/insight - phenomenon of a poetry science.Our interest with PST is in a broader understanding of reality than can be attained through either creativity, intuition, and shamanism, for example, on the one hand, or science, matter, and logic on the other. This third, transcendent view of reality might be labeled "integral" science and philosophy - a "poetry science" if you will - a world view that can accommodate and integrate opposites: of science and art, mind and body, matter and energy, spirit and flesh. Our original "mission statement" for Poetry Science Talks had the following points:- Ideas, analyses and solutions regarding the...- Development, implementation, diffusion, use, and positive and negative impacts of...- New ideas, new technologies and new ways of interacting as a culture.While we have evolved significantly since we crafted that statement five years ago, our general intent remains the same: We are working to forge a broader, more parsimonious and inclusive view of reality, one that is discriminating among concepts, flexible to change, reasoned in assessment and systematic in perspective. Our ultimate goal is a more curious, open, accepting intentionality toward the future - and present moment - of humanity's development.