Abstract - How Might we Tap the Wisdom of the Past to Co-Create a Desired Future?
Dr. Charles Savage
In the West, Harvey is credited with describing the circulation of blood in the human body (1628), yet we now know that Ibn Al-Nafis (1210-1288) first accurately described the circulation of blood in the human body, correcting Galen's theories (130-200 AD). Bernard Mandeville, a Dutch physician asked a fascinating question in the early 1700s in England: "What is the blood of the body politik?" Mandeville's answer, made acceptable by Adam Smith, has just blown up in our faces through the financial crises. This raises an even more important question. We may have another 800 million years on our tiny planet. In order to co-create a world that affirms the lives of our great grand children and theirs, might we not look back and tap the wisdom of the past (from all cultures)? And might our museums become centres of reflection, helping us look back and at the same time providing the context that we can look ahead, and with head and heart, cocreate a life that affirms life?
by: Dr. Charles Savage, Sat 19 June, 2010