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Now booking for the autumn of 2017 and beyond

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Previous Events

2017

Aug 9-12 George Washington Carver Institute

Venue: The Seminary of the Christian Community, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

A group of 15 met at the Seminary for the Christian Community where we worked together with the theme Confronting Ahriman in our Workplace. Each day we spent the morning studying together and in the afternoons we did eurythmy together followed by short presentations by our colleagues that included constructive reviews. As the last speaker and due to a cancellation, I was offered the opportunity to do a longer talk (45 minutes rather than 20).  Here is the presentation:

Building the Temple in the Age of Infertility

 

June 11-13 Forum: Technology and Society            

Venue: Seattle Waldorf School, 7777 62nd Avenue NE, Seattle, WA.

Sponsor: Center for Anthroposophical Endeavors, Seattle, WA.

Registration Information here.  

Lecture slides: Vulcan Supermen

Lecture Slides: Foundations for a Moral Technology

Technology and the Fate of the Human Body

Lectures and Workshop for the Portland, OR Branch of the Anthroposophical Society

June 16 Lecture: Spiritual Science’s Anticipation of the Challenge to Our Humanity Technology & Human Body Flier

June 17 Workshop: How to Merge the Human Body with Machines

 

2017

Technology and the Human Body

Lectures and Workshop for the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society

March 24 Lectures

  • Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, for students and faculty lecture, PDF
  • Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society lecture, PDF

March 25 Workshop

  • Merging Through Rhythms and Ethers, PDF
  • Mythology and Facing the Future, PDF

Chestnut Ridge Technology Retreat

January 2-4, 2017. A group of 12 individuals from various professions and generations will gather to examine the social and evolutionary challenge arising from technology. I will be one of the presenters and here is my first draft of my presentation: CR Tech Retreat 2016.

TECHNOLOGY and SPIRITUAL SCIENCE STUDY GROUP

An online study group(perhaps two if we overflow) that will use Zoom (similar to Skype) for up to 12 people will study together the subject of Technology and Spiritual Science. This is perhaps the most important question of our times especially for the West.

The group will start in early January on a weekday and at a time that works for most of the participants. We will meet for only 30 minutes each time, but we will have a 30-minute reading assignment (from a Steiner lecture) each week as well. If you would like to commit to participating for the January through March period, message me (jandrewlinnell [at] yahoo.com). We will assess at the close of each quarter how to continue.

Please, in your message, state what day/times are best as well as what days/times do not work for you. Zoom software will not post ads to you. It will allow us to meet with video conferencing for 30 minutes with 5 minutes on each end. It is best but not necessary to have a PC, laptop, or Mac with a video camera and mic so that participants can see each other. There will also be a telephone only method of access. The simple instructions will be sent to all participants.

(Booking future events now) – send me a message if you would like to book a lecture or workshop.

2016

How Does Technology Affect My Will?

December 27, an online lecture for the Youth Section of the Anthroposophical Society. 8 pm EST. Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709594066036972/?active_tab=discussion and the PDF of this lecture here.

 

 Technology and the Human Body, Seattle Waldorf High School

Dec. 5, (Monday), 7:15-9:15 pm

PDF file of the lecture here or at this website’s Lecture Archive

Technology’s Role in Human Evolution, Ann Arbor, MI

November 30. Rudolf Steiner House. Opening lectured for the 2016 Natural Science Section annual conference

PDF file of the lecture is here or at this website’s lecture archive.

The Western Esoteric Path, Toronto Waldorf School

Apr. 28 (Thursday), 7:30-9 pmSeven spheres trimmed

250 Madison Ave. Toronto. Contact grant.davis[at]rogers.com for more details.

Details are here: The Western Path Flyer

PDF files of the lectures are now available at this website’s lecture archive.

Technology’s Role in Human Evolution, Silver River, Toronto

Lecture on Friday, April 29, 7 – 9 pm, Girl with prosthetic arm

Workshop on Saturday, April 30, 9 am – 5 pm.

Please register here.

Cost: Full workshop – $100. Friday lecture only – $25.

Location: The Waldorf Academy, 250 Madison Ave. Toronto.

Option to attend over distance through video conference. See register link above.

The Role of Technology in Human Evolution, NYC

Workshop on Saturday, April 9, 2016. 138 West 15th Street, NYC  

  • 10:30 – 4:30 pm
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Social time, tea/coffee
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Legends, Hephaestus, preparations for our time
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Electricity and evil, EMR, sensitivity and safety, magnetism
  • 12:30 – 01:30 Lunch (BYO)
  • 01:30 – 02:30 Resonance, robotics, vibrations, and life
  • 02:30 – 03:00 Break tea/coffee
  • 03:00 – 04:00 Artificial intelligence, artificial soul, consciousness soul development, a path to Jupiter
  • 04:00 – 04:30 Concluding remarks

$40 workshop. For more, contact anthroposphyNYC[at]gmail.com

Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution, Wilton, NH Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Man Machine final

Jan. 29 (Friday) Lecture 7:30 – 9 pm & Jan. 30 Workshop (Saturday), 9 – 12 pm, Garden Room, Groh’s Farm, 135 Temple Rd. Wilton, NH.

Michael’s battle with Ahriman as manifesting in machines, robotics, and Human-Machine hybrids. Preparations for today given by mythology, electricity and evil, artificial intelligence, consciousness soul development. A path to Jupiter -The Western Path.

 

 

 

Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution, Seattle, WA Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Man Machine final

Feb. 28 (Sunday) Lecture 1:30 – 3 pm TBD Seattle, WA.

Michael’s battle with Ahriman as manifesting in machines, robotics, and Human-Machine hybrids. Preparations for today given by mythology, electricity and evil, artificial intelligence, consciousness soul development. A path to Jupiter -The Western Path.

 

 

 

 

Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks Revealed, Toronto, ONVirgin of the Rocks - Louvre

Apr. 28 (Thursday), 7:30-9 pm Lecture slides

TBD Toronto, ON. Contact grant.davis[at]rogers.com for more details.

Enjoy an artistic investigation together in time for Christmas! Andrew Linnell, an experienced lecturer and researcher of the Ancient Mysteries, will lead us through an entertaining discussion of the mysteries revealed in the original Virgin of the Rocks. Why were there two paintings? What was da Vinci attempting to depict? Who are the characters? Are they the two Messiahs anticipated in Essene-lore? Did any other artist paint similar scenes? If so, what might this mean to our Christian theology? Many fun questions to explore with a heavy dose of beautiful Renaissance art. Note: this is not a religious lecture, rather an unusual and entertaining art history talk meant for for public and academic enrichment. New findings to be shared. Dan Brown fans will enjoy this! 

Link to the Toronto’s Branch calendar for more details on this event

Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution, Silver River, Toronto, ON 

Man Machine final

Apr. 29 (Friday) Lecture 7:30 – 9 pm & Apr. 30 Workshop (Saturday), 9 – 3 pm, Garden Room, Groh’s Farm, 135 Temple Rd. Wilton, NH.

Michael’s battle with Ahriman as manifesting in machines, robotics, and Human-Machine hybrids. Preparations for today given by mythology, electricity and evil, artificial intelligence, consciousness soul development. A path to Jupiter -The Western Path.

 

Something you might be interested in:

Currently on a working vacation to write the long-promised book on Technology and the Evolution of Mankind.

An earlier book, the children’s book Dance of the Elves, is now in its second edition and available from Mercury Press for $15. Dance of the Elves

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If you would like to arrange for any (or all) of these lectures to be presented in your local library or other venue, let me know.  Please use this form to contact me:

 

2015

Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks Revealed, Springfield, MAVirgin of the Rocks - Louvre

Dec. 3 (Thursday), Noon-1 pm Lecture slides

The Springfield Art Museum, 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA. 413-263-6800 

Enjoy an artistic investigation together in time for Christmas! Andrew Linnell, an experienced lecturer and researcher of the Ancient Mysteries, will lead us through an entertaining discussion of the mysteries revealed in the original Virgin of the Rocks. Why were there two paintings? What was da Vinci attempting to depict? Who are the characters? Are they the two Messiahs anticipated in Essene-lore? Did any other artist paint similar scenes? If so, what might this mean to our Christian theology? Many fun questions to explore with a heavy dose of beautiful Renaissance art. Note: this is not a religious lecture, rather an unusual and entertaining art history talk meant for for public and academic enrichment. New findings to be shared. Dan Brown fans will enjoy this! 

Link the Springfield Art Museum’s calendar for this event

 

Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution, Kimberton (PA) Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Sept. 27 (Sunday), 2 – 4 pm, no slides – this was a daytime talk.

Venue: Rose Hall, 1601 Pughtown Rd., Phoenixville, PA.

Michael’s battle with Ahriman as manifesting in machines, robotics, and Human-Machine hybrids. What can we learn from artificial intelligence and the predictions of a Singularity. What picture of our human future is emerging? The Western Path.

Ancient Warnings of Our Destiny with Machines, Beaver Run (PA) Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in AmericaReturn of Hephaestus

Sept. 26 (Saturday), 8:30 – 10 pm, possible Lecture Slides

Venue: Rainbow Hall, 1784 Fairview Rd., Glenmoore, PA

Hephaestus, the God of Technology. Automatons. Zeus, Prometheus, Epimethius, and Pandora. Sleeping Beauty. The Western Path.

The Role of Technology in Human Evolution, Princeton (NJ) Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Sept. 25 (Friday), 7 – 9 pm, possible Lecture Slides

Venue: The Princeton Waldorf School, 1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton, NJ . Check back for more info.

Human-Machine hybrids are already here. From simple software to artificially intelligent robots: what does it say about the Human?  Why must we deal with machines for our evolution? The Western Path.  Will We Become Creators?

 

Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution, NY Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in AmericaMan Machine final

Sept. 24 (Thursday), 7 – 9 pm, possible Lecture Slides, Flyer

Venue: 138 West 15th St, (between 6th & 7th Aves), Manhattan NYC 212-242-8945. Check www.asnyc.org for more info.

Will We Become Creators? From robotics to Human-Machine hybrids, artificial intelligence, avatars, and the Singularity: is this a human future? Why must we deal with machines for our evolution? The Western Path.

 

The Role of Technology in Mankind’s Evolution, Vancouver Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in CanadaMan Machine final

Aug. 14 (Friday), 7 – 9 pm, possible Lecture Slides

Venue: Rudolf Steiner Center, North Vancouver.

Will We Become Creators? From robotics to Human-Machine hybrids, artificial intelligence, avatars, and the Singularity: is this a human future? Why must we deal with machines for our evolution? The Western Path.

 

Regaining Our Lost Esoteric Christianity, House of Peace, 1 High St., Ipswich, MA.Christ-the-Sun-God-Mosaic-St.-Peters-Basilica-Rome-fourth-century

July. 27 (Monday), 7:30 – 9 pm, draft Lecture Slides (PDF)

Did Christianity succumb to materialism? Did it once have deep mysteries now lost? How might one rediscover the esoteric wealth of Early Christianity? Andrew Linnell will explore these questions at the final installment of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series.

There are two lectures in this series. Only the first one will be presented. the second lecture’s PDF file can be downloaded here.

Additional material may be found in a previous lecture (Christianity and the Ancient Mysteries) here.

 

Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution, Threefold Mainhouse Living RoomMan Machine final

May 22 (Friday), 7:30 pm Lecture Slides   Flyer

Threefold Mainhouse Living Room, 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY. (845) 352-5020 x25 for more info.

Topics: From robotics to Human-Machine hybrids, artificial intelligence, avatars, and the Singularity: is this a human future? Why must we deal with machines for our evolution? The Western Path.

The Early Christianities, Christian Community, Brookline, MA

May 17 (Sunday), 12:30 – 2 pm  Lecture (no slides)

The Christian Community, 366 Washington Street, Brookline, MA. (617) 277-6266

We’ll explore the many Christian streams in the first and second centuries and the Niceaen attempt for a single Universal, Catholic theology. We’ll also look at the role played by the ancient mysteries and what becomes of these mysteries with the spread of Christianity.

No slides available as this will be a talk without pictures. The public is invited to attend. The Consecration of Man service is at 11 am.

Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks Revealed, Amherst/Hadley, MAVirgin of the Rocks - Louvre

April 25 (Saturday), 7-9 pm Lecture slides

The Hartsbrook School, Great Room, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035

Let’s do an artistic investigation together! Andrew Linnell, an experienced lecturer and researcher of the Ancient Mysteries, will lead us through an entertaining discussion of the mysteries revealed in the original Virgin of the Rocks. Why were there two paintings? What was da Vinci attempting to depict? Who are the characters? Are they the two Messiahs anticipated in Essene-lore? Did any other artist paint similar scenes? If so, what might this mean to our Christian theology? Many fun questions to explore with a heavy dose of beautiful Renaissance art. Note: this is not a religious lecture, rather an unusual and entertaining art history talk meant for for public and academic enrichment. New findings to be shared. Dan Brown fans will enjoy this! 

Tracking the Ancient Mysteries, 3 Lectures, one day, March 29

Mirabella, 116 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, WA

Sponsored by: Center For Anthroposophical Endeavors & The Rudolf Steiner Books Store & Children’s Shop

Schedule

1 – 2:20 pm Lecture 1: The Vanishing of the Mysteries: From Plato, Aristotle & Alexander to Theodosius & Justinian

2:20 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:45 Lecture 2: The Many Streams of Christianity, role of Islam, Harun al Rashid, Heretical Theology Destroyed: Arians, Manicheans, Templars, and Cathars Slides for Lectures 1 & 2

3:45 – 4:00 Break

4 – 5:40 Lecture 3: The Flowering of the Ancient and Early Christian Mysteries in Renaissance Art, Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks Lecture 3 slides

Eugenics in the 21st Century, Chicago, IL

March 27 (Friday), 7-9 pm Lecture              Rudolf Steiner Center, 4249 North Lincoln AvenueEarly embryo

If you knew you would pass on a defective gene to your child causing him or her a life of suffering, what would you do? Would you consider being sterilized and adopting? If your egg or sperm could be altered to replace the gene defect with a healthy gene, would you opt for this? Medical miracles are at our doorstep. Might they alter what it means to be Human? We are in the Age of the Consciousness Soul development when our social, ethical, and moral choices will be challenged. Chicago March 2015 Flyer. Available: Eugenics Lecture in PDF.

 

Mankind’s Destiny with Machines, Lexington, MAMan Machine final

March 25 (Wednesday), 7-9 pm  Lecture             Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave  

We will examine the future of Human-Machine interaction, robotics and avatars, use of neuroplasticity of the brain, relationship of electricity, thinking, and consciousness. Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution. Will We Become Supermen, Creators? Slides.

Electricity and Our Destiny with Machines, Chicago, IL

March 27 (Friday), 2-4:30 pm  workshop             Rudolf Steiner Center, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue

Workshop will wrestle with questions about electricity, thinking, and light in the evolution (past and future) of humanity. Since this is a workshop, there are no slides but click Background material for workshop Mankind’s Destiny with Machines for outline and quotes.

Which is the Correct Christmas? At the Concord Public Library Jan. 5th 6:45-8:45 pm, Slides are available here.

Why do those in the Eastern Church celebrate Christmas on January 7th while the Western Church celebrates this festival on December 25th?  Is it merely the drifting of Gregorian and Julian calendars? Could both be both right? Two Messiahs as anticipated in Jewish and Essene mystery-lore. Are the stories of Luke and Matthew so different because they are different? Why do John and Mark start with the baptism?   Many fun questions to explore with a heavy dose of beautiful Renaissance art appropriate for the 12 Days of Christmas. Note: this is not a religious lecture, rather an unusual history and entertaining art history talk meant for for public and academic enrichment. New findings to be shared. Free. 6:45-8:45 pm 129 Main St., Concord, MA.

An Evening of Art History, CSI, and Mystery at the Framingham Public Library Dec. 15th 6:45-8:45 pm, Click here for Lecture slides.

Why are there two paintings called Virgin of the Rocks? And what was Leonardo attempting to depict in this painting? Who are the characters? Are they the two Messiahs anticipated in Essene-lore? If so, what is meant by two Anointed Ones? Did any other artist paint similar scenes? If so, what might this mean to our Christian theology? Many fun questions to explore with a heavy dose of beautiful Renaissance art just in time for Christmas. Note: this is not a religious lecture, rather an unusual and entertaining art history talk meant for for public and academic enrichment. New findings to be shared. Free. 7-9 pm 49 Lexington St., Framingham, MA. For more details, call 978-562-3528.

Eugenics in the 21st Century, Seattle, WA

Dec. 3 (Wed)               Mennonite Church 3120 NE 125

If you knew you would pass on a defective gene to your child causing him or her a life of suffering, what would you do? Would you consider being sterilized and adopting? If your egg or sperm could be altered to replace the gene defect with a healthy gene, would you opt for this? Medical miracles are at our doorstep. Will they alter what it means to be Human? We are in the Age of the Consciousness Soul development when our social, ethical, and moral choices will be challenged. Flyer. Eugenics Lecture in PDF.

Was Leonardo a Mystic? Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

Sept. 17 (Wed)  Click here for Lecture slides. 7 – 9 pm. An Evening of Investigative Fun with Art History as we explore the Mystery of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting(s) The Virgin of the Rocks. This is a prelude to the performance The Incarnation of the Logos on Friday 9/19. Free. Large CR, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA. See flyer: Was Leonardo a Mystic? for more info. See Archived Lectures for a copy of the slides.

2014 

Village University

Each morning at 11 am, June 19 to July 4, 2014 (go to www.concordium.us for the program)

Tracking the Ancient Mysteries from Egypt to the Founding of America: every day, 11 am to 12:30 p.m.

Concord Masonic Lodge (basement – its cooler there), 58 Monument Square, Concord, MA. 01742

(PDF versions of each lecture are available – click on Lecture Archive for PDF versions of each lecture).

The Mysteries of Color, House of Peace, July 21, Gloucester, MA

Mystery of Color lecture pdf (part of the Summer Lyceum).

Sponsored by: Anthroposophical Group in Boston’s North Shore

2013 

Tracking the Ancient Mysteries, Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, MA

(TH) Sept. 6 to Dec. 13, 2013 and (Mon) March 3 to March 31, 2014

15 Lectures: Tracking the Ancient Mysteries from Egypt to the Founding of America: every Monday, 6:30 pm to 8 p.m.

717 Main St, Lancaster, MA 01523, (978) 368-8928

(PDF versions of each lecture are available – click on Lecture Archive for PDF versions of each lecture).

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