Brother David Steindl-Rast & Pier Luigi Luisi
Brother David Steindl-Rast
Born 1926 in Vienna, Austria. Studied art, anthropology, and psychology; MA from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts; PhD from the University of Vienna (1952). In 1953 he joined the Benedictine monastery of Mount Saviour, Elmira, N.Y., of which he is now a senior member. 1958/59 Post-Doctoral Fellow and Thorpe Lecturer at Cornell University. Studied with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and other Zen masters. Lectured worldwide. Martin Buber Award 1975 for building bridges between religious traditions.
Pier Luigi Luisi
Has been Professor of Chemistry at the ETH for 30 years. Now he is Professor of Biochemistry in Roma. Research on self-organization and origin of life, initiator of Cortona week. Author of novels for young adults.
Brother David and Luigi are friends and long-time partners in a dialog between science and religion. On some questions they agree; on some they don't. But when dealing with ultimate questions, they are trying to move forward into the shared realm of spirituality; as human beings, both scientists and adherents to any religion are challenged to do this. On this basis,all will listen to the questions which arise for participants as they reflect on the wider implications of the lectures concerning "Mind and Matter." The dialog will explore the questions and possibly come closer to answers. It will follow no preconceived path, as it will be inspired by what happens day by day at Cortona conference.
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