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Log 10 - The New Age

Ushering in the New Renaissance


The Science-Art Festival was held in Murwillumbah, NSW over seven nights between March 5 and April 2, 2000. The Festival featured seminars, art exhibitions, an open forum, and "A Concert, Song, Dance, Extravaganza portraying Science-Art." The aim of the Festival and of its presenters, the Science-Art Research Centre, was "to develop a dialogue in the community to promote unity between science and art."

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The Science-Art Research Centre of Australia Inc, based in Uki, northern New South Wales, is responsible for the discovery of Creative Physics, a new science of "fundamental physics principles" developed from the "Classical Epicurean Science for ethical ends", which acts to balance Newtonian physics. Remarkably, this balancing of physical sciences is achieved without any recourse to the major discoveries of the past 100 years, and exists without the need to account for the theories of relativity or quantum mechanics.

Creative Physics is rooted in the conviction that the two cultures of art and science must be reunited, after centuries of being artificially separated by the teachings of the Christian church. In its present state, modern physics is a flawed and incomplete system because it fails to incorporate human emotion and creativity. Similarly, life science is incompatible with the linear geometry of most modern technology. On the other hand, a new discovery such as fractal geometry "represents the expression of the life force in our world." The Centre seeks to promote the development of these "ethical geometries". In ancient Greece these geometries were embodied in formulations such as the golden mean, which could explain internal and external worlds alike. As the Centre explains it: "The geometries of musical harmonics were used to explain how atomic movement generated feelings of creative thought whilst other geometries were used to explain that the properties of the material atom could destroy civilization." Through these means Creative Physics seeks to identify the physical laws that govern universal creativity.

It is the aim of the Centre to demonstrate how Creative Physics forms the fundamental principles that underlie and unite fields of research as diverse as life sciences, physics, the science-art synergy, ethical legal science, ethical economic development and community design. In 1995 the Science-Art Research Centre was awarded the status of an Approved Research Institute by the Australian government.

The Centre's founder is the artist Robert Pope, who has a background in oil and mineral exploration in outback Australia in the 1960s. For over thirty years he has worked to develop the tenets of ancient Greek art philosophy into a framework for a discipline of science that allows for human creativity, and to convey scientific principles through art.

In 1988, Pope was appointed Artist-in-Residence to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney to work on the campus alongside a team of cancer researchers. The result of this collaboration was the proposal of a theory that the propagation of cancer cells was influenced by a universal low-level energy field, linking electromagnetic and gravitational forces. Creative Physics later developed this theory to establish that all natural phenomena is permeated with a background field of life-sustaining energy, whose properties concentrate into atomic substance and form the basis of consciousness. The field is in turn influenced by "energetic vibrational patterns" - whether they be physical, mental or emotional - forming in effect a feedback between alterations of consciousness and their plastic manifestations.

In 1994 Pope's work was validated when the Centre announced the discovery of new physics laws governing optimum (human) biological growth and development, published in a book the Centre is proud to say was "internationally declaimed". In the following years, an international team of scientists discovered "a vast new biological science and technology", as had been predicted by Pope is his modifications to Leonardo da Vinci's "Theory of Knowledge". Recent advances in biomedical nanotechnology are claimed by the Centre as corroborating Pope's new science of medicine, based upon the ancient Greek concepts of good and evil.

Professor Barry Ninham of the Australian National University has written that Pope's work "encompassed a revolution of thought as important to science and society as the Copernican and Newtonian revolutions." Robert Pope received an Outstanding People of the 20th Century Award from the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England in 1998.

As part of the Science-Art Festival, a seminar was held on the topic of "Symbols of Our Age". After the speakers gave their presentations and videos, members of the audience were invited to come up with ideas for new symbols to guide humanity into the 21st Century. The concepts covered were wellbeing, sustainability, unity, culture, democracy and morality. After discussion of these concepts and drafting of appropriate symbolic shapes, the final symbols were selected by popular vote and were recorded with accompanying text, to be used by the artists who intended to participate in the Festival's subsequent art exhibition. According to the seminar publicity, "the symbols and text will be the first to be entered into the official registration book of Symbols of the 21st Century".

These symbols are available for viewing online at the Centre's website, at http://www.science-art.com.au/. It is also possible to order through the website the Centre's books, pamphlets, CD-ROMS and artworks, including some fine Australian bush landscapes.


Ben Harper is a writer hailing from Melbourne who was in Italy at the time of this issue.



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