Lyceum Society: Goethe and Science


for Members

Lyceum Society: Goethe and Science

Monday, October 7, 2013

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by the Lyceum Society


The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members. Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.

Brown Bag: 11:30 AM
Brief-Brief: 12:45 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:00–3:00 PM

Brief-Brief Presentation:
The Placebo Pain Response: Role of the Non-conscious mind
Speaker: Ralph Kaslick, DDS

Main Presentation:
Goethe and Science
Speaker: Craig Holdrege, PhD

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was both creative artist and scientist. His lasting contribution to the natural sciences has been to stimulate thinking about the nature of science and scientific inquiry. Giants of modern science such as Helmholz and Heisenberg have found it necessary to grapple with Goethe the scientist. In this talk, Craig Holdrege will present key features of Goethe's approach to science and discuss its relevance for the present and future.

Speaker Bios

Craig Holdrege, PhD, is the founder and director of The Nature Institute in Ghent, NY, which is dedicated to research and educational activities using phenomenological, contextual methods ( to understand nature and the place of humanity within nature. An educator and biologist, he carries out research applying Goethean phenomenology to whole organisms and also critically examines scientific thinking and new developments in the biological sciences. His most recent book is "Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life" (2013, Lindisfarne Books).

Ralph S. Kaslick, DDS, graduated from Columbia College in 1956, receiving his DDS from Columbia's medical campus. He was active for 23 years at Fairleigh Dickinson University, serving as Professor of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, and Campus Provost. During the following 15 years, he was Chief of Dentistry and Medical Consultative Services and President of the Medical Staff at Goldwater Memorial Hospital, while holding the position of Professor of Periodontics and Hospital Dentistry at NYU's College of Dentistry. For the past 7 years, he has been Chair of the Visiting Professorship Program dedicated to Contemporary Issues in Dentistry at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine.

Registration Pricing

Student/Postdoc Member$0
Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)$10

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