2021 Fall

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Complexity: Science in Service to the Soul

Instructor: Peter Whitkop

Thursdays • 8 classes – 9/23-11/18 (No class 11/11) • 1:00-3:00 PM

Class size 5-20 students
14 seats remaining
Location: Jewett 190

This course is about complex adaptive systems and how we interact with them. We will study not only their science, but their relationship with spirituality as well. In fact, the goal of this course is to show that science and spirituality are not mutually exclusive, but rather, mutually enhancing.

Once the nature of complex adaptive systems has been studied, we will read and discuss two short books that show how a knowledge of complex systems can be exploited for personal and spiritual growth. The books are The Kybalion by Three Initiates and John Michael Greer’s Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth: An Introduction to Spiritual Ecology.

The science will be kept at an introductory college level, and any math will be explained at the level of high school algebra and geometry. The course structure is informal, with plenty of time for questions and class dialogue.classroom


(the course neatly divides into 5 sections, but it is designed to take a full 8 weeks)
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Peter Whitkop holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Maine. He has worked in various capacities at Cornell University and DuPont’s Savannah River Laboratory. After returning to Maine, he was an adjunct faculty member in the chemistry department at UMaine, where he researched confined quantum systems and taught courses in analytical chemistry and quantum mechanics. Over the past several years, he has been engaged in a course of individual study that helped guide the development of this course.