#6, Feb 9: Vladimir Vernadsky: The Biosphere and the Noösphere

SPEAKER: Jason Ross, collaborator in LaRouche's economic research project, the “Basement”

In this final presentation, we take up LaRouche’s relationship to Vladimir Vernadsky, who developed the concepts of the biosphere and the noösphere. Can study of the evolution of advanced life on this planet provide insights into the development of the human species through the uniquely human phenomenon of economic growth? What is man as a geological force, and what is the future of cognition, beyond planet Earth?

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Class #5, Feb 2: Friedrich Schiller, The Poet of Freedom

Speaker: Will Wertz

In his essay entitled “Can We Change the Universe?” Lyndon LaRouche wrote: “Schiller’s greatest achievement, beyond what Shakespeare accomplished at his best, lies in Schiller’s degree of emphasis upon the principle of the sublime.” The fundamental issue facing humanity today is whether a great moment finds a small-minded people, which would lead to a tragic result, such as occurred in the French Revolution, or whether present moment finds individuals, who like Joan of Arc, are capable of acting sublimely in behalf of all of humanity.

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#4, Jan 26: What, Exactly, Is This “Creativity” That Is the True Source of all Economic Value?

Physical economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche has dedicated his life to insisting that it is not enough, to merely assert that value in a successful physical economy is uniquely determined, not by monetary standards, but by the extent to which we, as individuals, and as a society, make creative leaps in our ability to master the principles governing our living, self-developing universe.

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#3, Jan 19: Why Do We Need Nation-States?

SPEAKER: Will Wertz

Is the nation-state a historical accident, or a useful discovery, akin to a technology? The thinker most individually responsible for the Golden Renaissance, Nicolaus of Cusa, was also instrumental in creating the concept of the nation. Themes from three of Cusa's great works (On Learned Ignorance, On the Peace of Faith and Catholic Concordance) will be applied by Will Wertz to address the New Bretton Woods needed today.

This class will also address the fundamental divide between Plato and Aristotle and the emergence of the USA, in opposition to the British Empire and the Anglo-Dutch liberal system.


#2, Jan 12: Science — not Mathematics! — is Key to the Economy

SPEAKER: Jason Ross, collaborator with Lyndon LaRouche in his “Basement” project

LaRouche holds that, in order to understand the anti-entropic nature of the human mind, and its ability to develop new concepts granting us increased power to shape and understand nature, we should look to the central role of Johannes Kepler, the first modern scientist. Kepler created science by ending Aristotle's centuries-long suppression of knowledge, and by venturing beyond mathematics into the domain causes.

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#1, Jan 5: The Creative Powers of the Human Mind Reflect the Underlying, Creative Principle of the Universe as a Whole

SPEAKER: Bruce Director, Author of “Riemann for Anti-Dummies” and many other works on the history of science

This first class of the series will focus on LaRouche’s demonstration that the creative powers of the human mind reflect an underlying, ontological, creative principle in the universe as a whole. In short, the deeply held belief that the entropy of the universe is always increasing is not only demonstrably false, it is clinically insane. Unless this pervasive insanity is corrected, there can be no real recovery and emergence of a new economic order based on unlimited human progress.

The class presents LaRouche’s concept of anti-entropy as a unique contribution to human knowledge with antecedents in the discoveries of Cusa, Kepler, Leibniz, Gauss, Riemann, Planck and Einstein (the latter will be covered more in depth in the subsequent classes). Couched in the framework of economic science, LaRouche’s concept of anti-entropy has broad implications for all areas of science, including physics and biology, as well as the arts. It lays the basis for resolving many of the outstanding questions in science and poses new ones that define the frontier areas of the future economy.

Thus, LaRouche’s discovery forms the framework for any competent discussion of economic and social policy.