Consciousness & Spirituality

Philip Franses, Holistic Science: The ‘Nothing’ Our Theory of Everything Forgets

Video with Philip Franses on Monday 19th November 2018

Talk given by Philip Franses at the Advaya event Quantum Physics & Holistic Science on 19th November 2018. Part of the Re Enchantment Series.

Talk Description:
Philip Franses: The ‘Nothing’ our Theory of Everything Forgets
The zero was developed in the East several thousand years ago, in a mathematics that understood emptiness and realisation as the foundation of existence. Ancient Greece in contrast was founded on a notion of the one. The zero was never understood in the West as a foundation to mathematics. Only in the 16th century did zero and the decimal system enter into Western thought giving an abstract perspective to existence. In the 17th century, Newton understood the colours as relating statically to light, without including the influence of the darkness. The physics Newton founded discarded the importance of darkness from the experience of light.

Goethe (1749-1832) is well known as a playwright exploring the darkness of the human soul through his play Faust. Goethe looked into science for the dynamic interaction, where darkness develops into light and light is limited by darkness. In acknowledging the influence of darkness, Goethe showed new aspects of colour with complementary effects (of darkness journeying into light) to those Newton had presented (of seeing light limited by darkness).

Goethe illustrated the play of darkness and light in the way we are moved by anItalian Master’s painting to live the raw emotion of death and life presented through it. Action is framed within the shades of emptiness and the bright calling to realisation. Zero and one is the ladder which existence visibly descends and ascends. In redrawing the balance of darkness and light, emptiness and realisation, zero and one, a dynamic challenge is painted of who we are, combining science and spirit.


About the Speaker: Philip Franses
Philip Franses is a Senior Lecturer of Holistic Science at Schumacher College. Philip studied mathematics at New College Oxford from 1976 to 1980, yet academia’s dull explanation of the world inspired Philip on a counter-journey into the depths of experience, travelling and a re-sensitisation to quality. In 2005, after a fifteen-year career designing intelligent software, culminating in a programme now used in The Netherlands by all Dutch courts, Philip had a chance encounter with Satish Kumar and was moved to come to Schumacher as an MSc student. In 2009 Philip joined the faculty on the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College and has been teaching as Senior Lecturer since then. Now Philip is moving to develop the application of Holistic Science in the world and is currently work with Global Synapses that work on the application of holistic ideas into practice. Philip began and edits the Holistic Science Journal. He is Director of the Flow Partnership and is the author of Time, Light and the Dice of Creation: Through Paradox in Physics to a New Order (Floris Books)

Philip Franses #

Philip Franses is a Senior Lecturer of Holistic Science at Schumacher College. Philip studied mathematics at New College Oxford from 1976 to 1980, yet academia’s dull explanation of the world inspired Philip on a counter-journey into the depths of experience, travelling and a re-sensitisation to quality.

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