A syllabus for the California Institute of Integral Studies
Instructor: Emil Páleš
Description of Course Content:
The course is based on the results of my original research in the past 25 years.
I will briefly introduce sophiology as an effort to integrate revelation, reason and sensory experience. Then take the ancient teaching on angels as spirits of time as an example.
Seven gods/archangels/archetypes of planets have been believed to act as creative intelligences inspiring human biography, cultural history and natural history by many ancient people. We will compare these beliefs to the knowledge of contemporary science: developmental psychology, cultural anthropology and evolutionary biology. We will find out that the Chaldean sequence of planets best approximates the course of human history. The oldest philosophy of history is the most scientific one, because it enables statistically verifiable predictions.
The same sequence of archetypes coincides with the phases of human biography as known in developmental psychology. And again the same archetypes can be find in the biological evolution of plants and animals. Here they can clarify certain phenomena which darwinism can not account for (synchronous convergences, fractal structure of human body).