From Crystals to Crocodiles…Answers to Questions (CW347)
10 lectures, Dornach, August 2 – September 30, 1922
The remarkable discussions in these two volumes took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland, who chose the varied subject matter. The astonishing nature of his responses the questions—their insight, knowledge, and spiritual depth—is testimony to his outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and teacher. Accessible and stimulating, the records of these sessions are both entertaining and profound.
n From Crystals to Crocodiles, Steiner discusses
- speech and languages;
- turtles and crocodiles;
- oxygen and carbon;
- ancient giant oysters;
- the moon, sun, and earth;
- the Old Testament;
- the real nature of Adam;
- breathing and brain activity;
- dreams; sugar;
- the liver and perception;
- brain cells and thinking;
- illnesses such as cancer and its origin, migraines, and diabetes;
- the eyes of animals;
- and more.
This book is a translation of Die Erkenntnis des Menschenwesens nach Leib, Seele und Geist. Über frühe Erdzustände (GA 347).
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer’s Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.
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