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"Developmental Dynamics is a tour de force: a refreshingly original, profound and thought-provoking synthesis rooted in impressive scholarship." -- Martin Lockley, author of The Eternal Trail; Professor of Paleontology, University of Colorado
"If you are in any way curious about our origins, then I invite you to read this book." -- Kenneth McNamara, author of Shapes of Time: the Evolution of Growth and Development; Senior Curator, Invertebrate Paleontology, W.A. Museum, Perth, Australia
About the Author
Jos Verhulst was born in Belgium in 1949. He has a PhD in theoretical chemistry and has been widely published in the areas of evolutionary theory and comparative anatomy. He teaches science at the Waldorf School in Antwerp, Belgium.
Goethe's ideas on developmental dynamics did not die off after his death. Verhulst goes into depth with two major Goethean thinkers--Karl Snell and William Heinrich Preuss--who filled in the gap of time between Goethe's death and Steiner's resurrection of Goethe's work beginning in the 1890's. Goethean scholars enthusiastically embraced the ideas of evolution that swept over Europe during this time, yet the spirituality of their approach was diametrically opposed to Darwinism and the materialistic trends dominating much of the nineteenth century. In the Goethean tradition, Snell saw the human prototype forming the central point in mammalian evolution, not an end point; not a product of primate evolution, but the central prototype from which emerged the animal kingdoms. Preuss went further by adding the plant and mineral kingdoms to the circle of evolution and identified the central gestalt as being the formative will hidden within all the kingdoms of nature.
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