JEREMY NAYDLER

AUTHOR

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

Jeremy Naydler: From ‘Smart Planet’ to Sacred Earth: The Resacralisation of Nature and the Human Being

The rollout of 5G and the transformation of the Internet into a so-called “Internet of Things” are the most recent manifestations of an ambitious project to shift the fulcrum of our lives from the real to the electronically mediated, or virtual, world. This project stems from a worldview opposed both to the traditional sacred conception of the human being and to the theophanic conception of nature. How can we find the spiritual ground from which we can defend, protect, and nurture that which is intrinsically sacred in both nature and the human being?

36 pages, with 8 illustrations. 2021.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Archetype of the Binarius

Jung often referred to the sixteenth century alchemist Gerhard Dorn who, in a series of treatises, wrote of the Binarius archetype, its ingress into the human psyche, and its assuming a position of dominance in the delicate balance of the soul. The archetype of the Binarius, however, had its origin long before Dorn. This essay traces the hidden biography of the Binarius both before and after Dorn, from its manifestation in ancient Egypt as Seth, the god of strife and division, to its crucial role in modern times as the basis of computer technology.

38 pages, with 10 illustrations. 2020.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Struggle for a Human Future: 5G, Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things (Temple Lodge, 2020)

The current rollout of fifth generation wireless communication networks, or 5G, is central to the project to create a global 'electronic ecosystem', in which we will be obliged to live. This will provide the basis for an all-pervasive Internet of Things, and the widespread integration of Augmented and Virtual Reality into human experience. But what genuine human needs will this serve? Does the planet really need to be made 'smart'? Will our health, and that of other living creatures, really be unaffected by exposure to escalating levels of electromagnetic radiation?

The book comprises five chapters, three of which were previously published as separate essays by Abzu Press, now revised and updated for this new volume.

 146 pages with 35 illustrations. 2020.

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Jeremy Naydler: Electricity: A Call to Consciousness

Because our experience of it is nearly always indirect, electricity operates for the most part beneath the threshold of our conscious experience. But if we are not fully conscious in relation to it, then we are not fully free in relation to it either. Taking his lead from Goethe, the author argues for a new approach to electricity, building on the qualities and character traits of electrical phenomena that several centuries of investigation have uncovered. Since electricity has now become our constant daily companion, the question we need to ask is not so much what but who this companion really is.

48 pages with 29 illustrations. 2017.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Perennial Philosophy and the Recovery of a Theophanic View of Nature (Temenos Academy, 2018)

Modern science has given us an increasingly exact knowledge of the material world and the technical means to manipulate and control it. But we have largely lost sight of the philosophical, religious and visionary tradition, often referred to as the "perennial philosophy", which – prior to the scientific revolution – sustained and nourished a harmonious relationship between human beings, nature and the world of spirit. Under the influence of the scientific worldview, nature has been treated as a resource to be exploited, and the goal of human life has been understood in purely secular terms. This has resulted on the one hand in a deepening ecological crisis, and on the other in the widespread experience of a loss of spiritual orientation. By turning to the ageless wisdom of the perennial philosophy, we may once again find the way towards healing our relationship to nature and also towards reconnecting with our spiritual roots. This essay, published by the Temenos Academy, is now available for purchase through Abzu Press.

21 pages. 2018.

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Jeremy Naydler: TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE (PART ONE) The Unquenchable Thirst to Live in Gratitude: Digital Technology and the Afflicted Soul of the Earth

Industrialisation and the massive growth of urban living have given rise to the illusion that nature is a peripheral factor of life, now superseded by our increasingly technologised environment and lifestyles. In the twentieth century, novel industrial and synthetic products, such as aluminium and thermoplastics, contributed to this illusion. The digital revolution, literally encasing itself in aluminium and plastic, has nevertheless occurred at a phenomenal cost to the earth, not least because of the many precious metals that are inside modern digital devices. This poses a dilemma for everyone of good conscience who feels the need to be aware of, and to live in gratitude towards, the natural worlds on which our technologies are in reality dependent.

16 pages with 1 black and white and 2 colour illustrations. 2011.

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Jeremy Naydler: TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE (PART TWO) Synthetic Biology: The Assault on the Realm of Life

Synthetic biology is a technology dedicated to the creation of novel living organisms, on the assumption that the essence of life is nothing more than digital information. Notably, synthetic biologists regard living organisms as self-replicating machines or "bio-computers" that can be approached with the same mentality as one approaches the world of computer programming. As it is a mentality that tends towards a purely utilitarian relationship with the world, not only does it constitute an assault on the realm of life but also an assault on fundamental human values.

27 pages. 2011.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Regeneration of Realism and the Recovery of a Science of Qualities

In the Middle Ages, science was essentially qualitative and conducted within a worldview that regarded nature as sacred. This essay considers the metaphysical principles underlying medieval science and philosophy of nature and argues for the recovery of a science of qualities, based on the pioneering work of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner. The essay is an unedited offprint of an article first published in The International Philosophical Quarterly, in 1983.

18 pages. 2007.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: Furiously Missing the Point: Reflections on Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion divides its readers into those who either love it or hate it, but one of its great merits is that it encourages us to work out what we really think about science and rationality, God and the world of spirit. This short essay critically analyses Dawkins's arguments and the assumptions on which they rest.

10 pages. 2007.

 

 

 

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THE INNER LIFE

Jeremy Naydler: Bringing Light to the World: Through Faith, Hope and Love

The three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love empower us to transcend our normal, everyday state of consciousness and fulfil our deeper spiritual potential. In the traditional understanding, these virtues are always received by us as a grace, bestowed upon us by the world of spirit. Grace bears within it a special interior light, referred to as the “the light of grace” (lumen gratiae), and each virtue should best be understood as a portal through which the spiritual light of grace can shine in us, and through us into the world.

28 pages, with 7 illustrations. 2021.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Human Countenance Divine

Beginning with a comparison between animal muzzles and human faces, the author shows how having a face was intimately tied to the evolving concept of the person, first within the legal sphere and then within the sphere of religion. With the incarnation of Christ, and the development of the icon tradition, the depiction of God with a human countenance also declared the intrinsic sanctity of the human face, for every human being bears the divine image within themselves, and each may become a living icon of the divine.

14 pages, with 5 illustrations. 2021.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Future of the Ancient World (Inner Traditions, 2009)

This book, published by Inner Traditions, contains twelve essays previously published as booklets by Abzu Press. These essays focus on the evolution of consciousness from antiquity, when human beings were attuned to the invisible world of the gods and spirits, to modern times during which the older visionary consciousness was lost and the scientific consciousness became dominant. The author urges us to draw inspiration from the ancients and to carry this wisdom forward into the future in a renewed relationship to the spirit.

311 pages, with 111 illustrations. 2009.

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Inner Beloved

This essay explores the numinous inner figure to whom Dante gave the name Beatrice, or “the bringer of blessings”. Like Ibn’Arabi before him, Dante knew the Inner Beloved both as a real human being and also as an archetypal power mediating the divine presence. Although needing to be encountered in the flesh in order fully to be experienced, ultimately the Inner Beloved dwells in the innermost recesses of the soul, there commanding our most ardent devotion and stimulating our deepest creative energies.

25 pages with 14 illustrations. 2018.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: Dante: Prophet of Love

The prophet is often thought of as someone who is able to see into the future, and prophecy as the prediction of events that have yet to happen. But this is a drastically reduced understanding of both prophets and prophecy. Within the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the prophet is one who is divinely inspired and for whom the veils separating us from the world of spirit are drawn aside, enabling a higher revelation to be received and then communicated to others. Dante was steeped in the Bible and self-consciously drew on the rich repository of images belonging to the Biblical prophetic tradition. But he also drew on other images not found in the Bible, nor available in any other external sources during his lifetime. These images presented themselves to Dante’s inner visionary eye, and reveal the depth of his attunement to the archetype of the divine feminine.

48 pages with 18 illustrations. 2017.

 

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Jeremy Naydler: Plato, Aristotle and the Union of Opposites

The philosophies of Plato or Aristotle need not be seen as irreconcilably opposed to each other, yet Platonists and Aristotelians have often regarded each other with antagonism. Today, it is important that these streams of thought be united, not only for the sake of the greater truth that their reconciliation allows us to embrace, but also because their union empowers us to meet the challenge of a materialism that threatens to sweep us all up in its wake.

35 pages with 5 line drawings and 2 colour illustrations. 2007.

 

 

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 Jeremy Naydler: Plato, Shamanism and Ancient Egypt

Were Plato and other early Greek scholars influenced by shamanism, and, if so, did this influence stem from the north as E.R. Dodds famously suggested? This essay explores the possibility of a southern influence emanating from ancient Egypt, and the implication that key aspects of the Egyptian priestly wisdom are transmitted in Plato's philosophy.

46 pages with 12 black and white illustrations. 2005.

 

 

 

 

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NATURE & GARDENING

Jeremy Naydler, Gardening as a Sacred Art (Temple Lodge, 2021)

Described by one reviewer as “a welcome message towards re-sanctifying our world”, this beautifully illustrated book presents a history of our relationship with nature, traced through an exploration of the gardens of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, up to the present day. The book seeks to show that one of the central purposes of gardening is the enhancement of nature’s inherent beauty, and that the future of gardening lies in its being practised not just as an art but as a sacred art, which honours and works with the spiritual dimension intrinsic to nature. Originating as an Abzu Press booklet, a revised and expanded version of Gardening as a Sacred Art was published by Floris Books in 2011. Republished by Temple Lodge in 2021.

120 pages, with 51 illustrations. 2021.

 

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Jeremy Naydler: Coming to Earth

All of life depends on the earth. The plants draw sustenance from the soil. Animals draw sustenance from the plants. Like other creatures, we humans belong to the earth, but unlike them we are prone to spurn, neglect and abuse the earth that is our home, instead of cherishing and caring for it. This essay is based on a talk given in the greenhouse at Worton Organic Garden in October 2018, as a contribution to the Oxford Chamber Music Festival.

34 pages with 19 illustrations. 2018.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: In Defence of the Flower Garden

When Monet tore out the kitchen garden at Giverny, his friends stood aghast. Had he gone mad? No! Monet understood that useless but beautiful flowers are worth more in the greater scheme of things than all the extremely useful vegetables and fruits he could grow. And so the wonderful flower garden at Giverny was born. Today, we live at a time when utilitarian values everywhere predominate, and any reasonably sized garden is regarded as a potential building plot, never mind a vegetable plot. Just as Shelley, in an age of rationalism and literalism, felt the need to write A Defence of Poetry, so today in an age of secularism and utilitarianism we all need to rise up in defence of the flower garden.

16 pages. 2011.

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: Soul Gardening (Godstow Press, 2006)

A collection of poems, mottoes and proverbs on slugs, stinging nettles, foxgloves, and other wild and wonderful inhabitants of the garden. "Jeremy Naydler reminds us that what we turn our hands and hearts to informs us in the deepest sense. Those privileged to tend the soil and plants can find living metaphors at every fingertip. Here is a gardener of verses who digs a fine tilth and harvests some true wisdom." Matthew Barton, New View.

70 pages with 14 illustrations. 2006.

 

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: How Caterpillars Acquire Wings

An exploration of the many parallels between insect metamorphosis and esoteric teachings on spiritual transformation in the human being, drawing on ancient mystery religions, alchemy and mythology.

52 pages with 12 colour and 23 black and white illustrations. 1995.

 

 

 

 

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Jeremy Naydler: The Education of Hermes

Wishing to know the secret of how to find the pathways through heaven and all the universe, Hermes descends from his home amongst the stars and comes down to the Earth. Here he journeys through the elements, taking on different forms and learning profound truths from gnomes, undines, sylphs and salamanders.

6 pages. 1994.

 

 

 

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