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SCIENCE AND NATUREspacerRUDOLF STEINER

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AGRICULTURE

An Introductory Reader

Compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Richard Thornton Smith

Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations that are founded directly on his principles.

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AGRICULTURE COURSE

The Birth of the Biodynamic Method

When Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures 80 years ago, industrial farming was on the rise and organic methods were being replaced in the name of science, efficiency and technology. With the widespread alarm over the quality of food in recent years, and the growth of the organic movement and its mainstream acceptance, perceptions are changing. The qualitative aspect of food is once again on the agenda, and in this context Rudolf Steiner's only course of lectures on agriculture is critical to the current debate.

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AGRICULTURE COURSE

The Birth of the Biodynamic Method

Audio Book, complete and unabridged version (10 CD set) read by Peter Bridgmont

When Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures 80 years ago, industrial farming was on the rise and organic methods were being replaced in the name of science, efficiency and technology. With the widespread alarm over the quality of food in recent years, and the growth of the organic movement and its mainstream acceptance, perceptions are changing. The qualitative aspect of food is once again on the agenda, and in this context Rudolf Steiner's only course of lectures on agriculture is critical to the current debate.

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ANTHROPOSOPHY HAS SOMETHING TO ADD TO MODERN SCIENCES

Rudolf Steiner shows convincingly that the methods and findings of anthroposophical spiritual science may be seen as a vital contribution to the spheres of the academic sciences. One of anthroposophy's central aims is to enhance human powers of perception beyond the limits set by purely intellectual thinking. This is of vital importance for the scientists of today and the problems they face. In fact, given recent developments in gene technology etc., it could be argued that his words are more significant today than ever before.

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ASTRONOMY AND ASTROLOGY

Finding a Relationship to the Cosmos

compiled by M. Jonas

In the Middle Ages, Astronomia - one of the Seven Liberal Arts - was as much about astrology as astronomy. In fact the two disciplines only parted company in the seventeenth century, as the materialistic world-view gained greater prominence. Where once human destiny was connected to stars and planets, and spiritual or soul qualities were associated with the natural world, now the cosmos was seen as consisting of gases, fire and dead rock.

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BEES

With an Afterword on the Art of Joseph Beuys

In response to a question from an audience of construction workers, Rudolf Steiner began this series of lectures on bees. 'One only begins to understand the life of the bees when one knows that the bee lives in an atmosphere completely pervaded by love,' Steiner says. The unconscious wisdom contained in the beehive, and how this relates to the human experience of health, civilization, and the cosmos, is amply described in this unique book.

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THE BOUNDARIES OF NATURAL SCIENCE

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THE BOUNDARIES OF NATURAL SCIENCE

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BUTTERFLIES

Beings of Light

"The butterfly flutters above and over the earth, borne on the air and shimmering with light... We ought really to see them as nothing other than beings of light, joyous in their colours and the play of colours. All the rest is garment and luggage." - Rudolf Steiner

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FOURTH DIMENSION

Sacred Geometry, Alchemy and Mathematics

The point, line, plane and solid objects represent the first three dimensions, but a kind of reversal of space is involved in the ascent to a fourth dimension. Steiner leads us to the brink of this new perspective - as nearly as it can be done with words, diagrams, analogies and examples of many kinds. In doing so, he continues his lifelong project of demonstrating that our objective, everyday thinking is the lowest rung of a ladder that reaches up to literally infinite heights.

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THE LIGHT COURSE

'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

Rudolf Steiner's course on light, which includes explorations of color, sound, mass, electricity and magnetism, presages the dawn of a new world view in the natural sciences that will stand our notion of the physical world on its head.

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NATURE SPIRITS

Selected Lectures

Based on knowledge attained through his highly-trained clairvoyance, Rudolf Steiner contends that folk traditions regarding nature spirits are based on spiritual reality. He describes how people possessed a natural spiritual vision in ancient times, enabling them to commune with nature spirits. These entities - which are also referred to as elemental beings - became immortalised as fairies and gnomes in myth, legend and children's stories.

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NATURE'S OPEN SECRET

Introductions to Goethe's Scientific Writings

It was as an interpreter of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that Rudolf Steiner first became known. In 1882, at the age of 21, he was asked to be the editor of Goethe's scientific writings for a new edition of his works. By thoroughly penetrating, assimilating and appropriating Goethe's way of thinking and perceiving, Steiner schooled himself for his own epistemological, scientific and mystical-esoteric work.

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ORIGINS OF NATURAL SCIENCE

"Modern science, and the scientism based on it, so far from being the only possible 'reality principle' is merely one way of conceiving the nature of reality; a way moreover that has arisen only recently and which there is no reason to suppose will last forever." (Owen Barfield, from his introduction)

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SCIENCE

An Introductory Reader

Compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Howard Smith

From pre-science to science; The origin of mathematics; The roots of physics and chemistry, and the urge to experiment; Are there limits to what science can know?; Understanding organisms: Goethe's method; The quest for archetypal phenomena; Light, darkness and colour; The rediscovery of the elements; What is warmth?; The scale of nature; The working of the ethers in the physical; Sub-nature; What are atoms?; Natural science and spiritual science.

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SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY

Reading the Book of Nature and Reconnecting with the World

Today we face an increasing number of challenges connected to our environment - from climate change and extreme weather patterns to deforestation, threats to animal species and ongoing crises in farming. Hardly a day goes by without further alarming reports. How are we to respond - particularly if we wish to take a broader, spiritual view of these events?

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WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS?

A Way to Heal and Revitalize the Earth

Introduction by Hugh Courtney

In 1924 - in response to questions about the depletion of soils and a general deterioration of crops and livestock - Rudolf Steiner gave eight lectures on "the spiritual foundations for a renewal of agriculture." Based on his suggestions and spiritual science, generations of farmers, gardeners, viticulturist, and researchers developed biodynamics as a healing, nurturing, holistic, ecological, organic, and spiritual approach to a sustainable care of the Earth.

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ASTRONOMY AND SPIRITUAL SCIENCE

(previously published as Anthroposophy and Astrology)

The Astronomical Letters of Elizabeth Vreede

Elizabeth Vreede

Astronomy and Spiritual Science collects writings on astronomy by Dr. Elizabeth Vreede and is a fascinating compendium of scientific and spiritual knowledge. Between September 1927 and August 1930, Dr. Vreede wrote a monthly “letter”, available by subscription, about both modern astronomy and classical astrology in the light of spiritual science. These letters include clear explanations of the fundamentals of astronomy and discussions of the role of astrology in the modern world. They also include inspiring presentations of a worldview that sees the stars, planets, and in fact all physical phenomena as manifestations of spiritual beings and spiritual activities.

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THE BIODYNAMIC FARM

Agriculture in Service of the Earth and Humanity

Herbert Koepf

Bankrupt farmers, erosion of topsoil, and poor food quality owing to pesticides, hormones, and other additives - these are the well-known realities of the modern crisis in farming. This problem is the outcome of the limited vision of conventional methods and a system that focuses exclusively on quick results and profits. The need for change is clear, and Koepf provides a vast array of research data and results, as well as many helpful details on animal feeding, crop rotation, diseases, pests, and fertilizing. He shows that the biodynamic method of farming and gardening is an alternative that can turn farming around.

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BIODYNAMICS IN PRACTICE

Life on a Community Owned Farm

Impressions of Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch, Sussex, England

Tom Petherick, photography by Will Heap

'Biodynamics seeks the holistic and interrelated health of the diverse creatures and beings composing a farm, including human beings and the wider, surrounding community. It is not just a "method" but a whole approach to life - one which could have far-reaching benefits for the health of the soil, plants, animals and human beings across the globe...'

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COSMOS, EARTH AND NUTRITION

The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture

Richard Thornton Smith

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in organic and biodynamic produce. Although once marginal and 'alternative', escalating concerns about the environment, health, food quality and animal welfare have brought organics into mainstream consciousness.

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ENERGIZING WATER

Flowform Technology and the Power of Nature

Jochen Schwuchow

John Wilkes, Iain Trousdell

The poor quality of water, as well as its restricted supply and availability, is one of the biggest challenges of our time, with presently two-fifth's of the world's population unable to find adequate fresh water for essential usage.

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GARDENING FOR HEALTH AND NUTRITION

An Introduction to the Method of Biodynamic Gardening

John Philbrick

Helen Philbrick

BACK IN PRINT

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THE HOLY ORDER OF WATER

Healing the Earth's Waters and Ourselves

William Marks

Long gone are the days of drinking naturally pure water from flowing rivers and streams-or even your tap. It is common today for people to use bottled water or to filter home water for drinking and cooking. How did we arrive at such a predicament, and what can we do about it? Continuing pollution, ever increasing population and industrial demands, destruction of the rainforests, and overuse of the ground water are responsible for the deterioration of water quality, but the underlying problem, as Marks shows in his wide-ranging, thoughtful book, is a lack of understanding of and respect for the nature of water itself.

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THE IDEA OF COUNTERSPACE

Olive Whicher

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MAN AND ANIMAL

Their Essential Difference

Hermann Poppelbaum, Ph.D.

‘To be man is to know the animals and all the creatures of the earth; it is to recognize our responsibility towards these beings, once of the same order as ourselves, but now obliged to live beside us in an incompleteness that never ceases its appeal to human beings – warning us to make ourselves worthy of the trust invested in us.’ – Hermann Poppelbaum

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MAN OR MATTER

An Introduction to a Spiritual Understanding of Nature on the Basis of Goethe’s Method of Training Observation and Thought

Ernst Lehrs

In this third, enlarged edition of Lehrs’ classic study, the reader is led, step by step, to a spiritual-scientific method of investigation. The author demonstrates how one can transcend the boundaries of the physical-material world, to the metaphysical origins of nature and the human being. This is a pioneering new method of training both the mind and eye, as well as other human senses, leading to a transformation from our modern ‘onlooking’ consciousness to a new kind of ‘participative’ consciousness.

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THE NATURE OF SUBSTANCE

Spirit and Matter

Rudolf Hauschka

What is the nature of matter? Within conventional science, the reductionist, materialist view asserts that matter is solely physical. Hauschka shows that open-minded study, based on qualitative observation and quantitative research, can overcome this now standardized view. Without denying the laws of matter, he shows the limitations of a science restricted by them, and points to new research which indicates the primal nature of spirit.

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WISDOM OF THE BEES

Erik Berrevoets

'The more you investigate these creatures and the manner in which they live, the more you will come to the conclusion that there is a great intelligence in how they work and what they accomplish.' - Rudolf Steiner

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PROJECTIVE GEOMETRY

Creative Polarities in Space and Time

Olive Whicher

Olive Whicher's groundbreaking book presents an accessible - non-mathematician's - approach to projective geometry. Profusely illustrated, and written with fire and intuitive genius, this work will be of interest to anyone wishing to cultivate the power of inner visualization in a realm of structural beauty.

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SAUCY TOMATOES AND BLUEBERRY THRILLS

A Humorous Harvest from the Biodynamic Farm

John Bloom

Is farming funny (punny)?
Biodynamic farming?

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SECRETS OF THE SKELETON

Form in Metamorphosis

L. F. C. Mees, MD

In this seminal study of human bone forms, Dr Mees reveals the skeleton as an articulate work of art. But who is the artist? Using a blend of phenomenological observations and artistic intuition, the author carefully explores the anatomical facts of the human skeleton, with the beauty of many bones impressively described and illustrated through numerous parallel photographs and illustrations.

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SENSITIVE CHAOS

The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air

Preface by Jacques Cousteau

Theodor Schwenk

"So movingly and well told is his tale that you will not want to put the book down until the end." - James Lovelock

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SENSITIVE CRYSTALLISATION PROCESSES

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer

A demonstration of formative forces in the blood.

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SIGNATURE OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERES

Discovering Order in the Solar System

Hartmut Warm

"A milestone in modern research on the the harmony of the spheres." - Novalis magazine

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SOUL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH HANDWRITING

The Waldorf Approach to the Vimala Alphabet

Jenifer Crebbin

Soul Development through Handwriting cultivates the noble qualities to which Waldorf education has long been devoted through the use of specific forms for shaping letters. The Vimala Alphabet was meticulously designed to support independent thinking, engaged willpower, balance, tolerance, honour, and intuition, as well as strengthening the developing soul forces of children.

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SPIRITUAL SCIENCE, ELECTRICITY AND MICHAEL FARADAY

Ernst Lehrs

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TOWARD A PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE ETHERIC WORLD

Investigations into the Life of Nature and Man

ed. J. BockemÜhl

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WATER

The Element of Life

Theodor Schwenk

Wolfram Schwenk

It is the living movement of water that makes life on Earth possible. Based on spiritual science and on their own numerous experiments, Theodor and Wolfram Schwenk show that our Earth is a living organism, with water as a sensory organ that perceives vital cosmic influences and transmits them into earthly life. This pioneering classic on water is more relevant now than ever before.

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