Format for RSA symposium
Roundtable to introduce ourselves and discuss why we are attending this event – what is important about this event to each person.
First Session 2-3.15pm
Each of the influencers who have posed a question start the proceedings discussing their issue, followed by roundtable discussion.
Prof Tom McLeish
“Does a consideration and awareness of the spiritual and/or religious shed light on how art and science articulate as human endeavours and expressions?”
Dr Alan Rayner
“How could our current views of the relationship between material and immaterial presence change in a way that reconciles differences between Science, Art and Spirituality and enables a deepened understanding of our human place in Nature to develop?”
Dr Mick Collins
“What does the aetheric do to us, and what do we do with the aetheric”
Rev Prof June Boyce-Tillman
“Where is the soul in constructions of musical healing?”
John Maizels will offer an informative talk on his extensive collection of outsider art and his fascination with this work
Second session 3.30-4.30pm
Dr Sarah V Tuner
“…one thing to talk about is terminology/ vocabulary…The “aetheric” is definitely not a concept that many people are familiar and much of the languages associated with esoteric are precisely that – esoteric! Has this been part of the problem, I wonder?”
“why have artists, scientists, theologians and academics despite the research and beliefs of eminent academics, societies, artists and business leaders for nearly two centuries, not been able to make significant inroads ie that the great questions are able to be openly asked in today’s universities and in society. The taboo - what holds it (the cognitive dissonance, the taboo) in place?
Is the political environment/concept/structure reflective, an imitation of the concept of the divine in society? Does our proponent and opponent politics in the U.K. reflect our concept of the divine? “
Third Session 4.30-5pm
What can be done?
How can ideas be moved forward to make an impact?