FRIDAY 18 MAY
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The Divine Feminine Spirit in Nature
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Nature has often been regarded as feminine, as in the phrase Mother Nature, and as in many mythologies where Nature is personified in the form of a goddess. The hostility of Jewish prophets and Protestant reformers to the explicit worship of feminine divinities suppressed or transmuted the recognition of the feminine aspect of Nature, which re-emerged in romantic and poetic forms. Hidden goddesses play a surprisingly important part in scientific thinking, especially Darwinism, and are sometimes explicit, as in the Gaia hypothesis. Recent discoveries provide a new context for our exploration and experience of the divine spirit in Nature.
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 75 scientific papers and several books, including The Rebirth of Nature and The Presence of the Past. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, and is visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He lives in London with his wife, Jill Purce, and their two sons. His web site is www.sheldrake.org.
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