Poised at the Edge

Issue 4 August 2014

Beyond the Stalemate

In our contemporary neurobiology and much of the philosophy of mind post Descartes we are classical physics machines and either mindless, or mind is at best epiphenomenal and can have no consequences for the physical world. In this article, renowned scientist and thinker, Stuart Kauffman, discuss a large, interwoven set of topics. Much of what he says is highly speculative, some is testable, some is, at present, surely not. It is, he hopes, useful, to set these ideas forth for our consideration.

In between matter and energy

The first woman artist to work with kinetic text, exploring both light and text as early as 1962, and internationally recognised for pioneering the interaction of art, science, technology, eastern philosophy and female mythology, Liliane Lijn’s interests cover a wide area. Her work transmutes traditional materials into new and vibrant elements by juxtaposing them with new technologies. In this exclusive interview she discusses her ideas, her work and artistic processes

The Reenchantment of the Tree

The Reenchantment of the the Tree concentrates on images of trees found predominantly in the arid zone of far western NSW. Louise Fowler Smith layers or glazes light onto specially chosen trees, that may otherwise have been disregarded and ignored; concentrating on its individual qualities or personality. This process draws out the tree, making it special, individualistic, even sacred.

on Contemplative Science

B. Alan Wallace, lecturer, scholar, writer, translator and the president and founder of The Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, discusses how the contemplative methods of Buddhism and the scientific methods of enquiry need to come together in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the mind and consciousness.