Salon: Enlivenment And
The Biology of Wonder
Enlivenment & The Biology of Wonder
How can we create cultures of aliveness?
How do we live an ethics of supporting aliveness in a context of flourishing for all life?
Join us for this special pop-up salon and afterparty with Andreas Weber, who is visiting the United States from Berlin. Let's engage the poetics of Enlivenment in mind and body!
"The challenge of the 'Anthropocene' and the end of dualistic enlightenment-style thinking is to install a new 'bios' into our concept of reality, putting aliveness, the world as a living process of mutual transforming relationships, subjectivity, and expression, at its center: an 'Enlivenment' view."
Nature is the arena of poetic space. The whole of nature is inter-imagination and interpenetration. Aliveness is not health, aliveness is ongoing inter-imagination.These poetic dimensions are not important because the world really is a cozy romantic and poetic place, but because we are parts and authors of an ongoing process of interdependent realization and transformation, in which we inter-imagine ourselves-as-others. We can truly think – and live– a reality of relations and entanglements only as a poetics."
In addition to conversation, we'll explore aliveness through poetry, music, movement, and contact.
It's a Saturday night - so please stay for the afterparty!
Dr. Andreas Weber is a Berlin-based book and magazine writer, translator, and independent scholar.
He has degrees in Marine Biology and Cultural Studies. Andreas' work focuses on a re-evaluation of our understanding of the living.
He proposes to understand organsims as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. He has put forth his ideas in several books and has contributed to major German newspapapers and magazines. He teaches at Leuphana University Lüneburg and at Berlin University of the Fine Arts.
His latest book is The Biology of Wonder. Aliveness, Feeling, and the Metamorphosis of Science.
Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D.
Elizabeth is a facilitator and educator in the practices of resilience and wellbeing. Combining the wisdom of psychology, contemplative science, internal arts and neuroscience, she offers an approach to climate activism that weaves self-compassion, social justice, and community building.
Jeremy Lent, Liology Institute
Jeremy is author of the The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning (Prometheus Books, May 2017). He blogs at Patterns of Meaning. He is founder and president of the Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a worldview that could enable humanity to flourish sustainably on the earth.