A New Science Integrating Humanity and the Environment
Our mission is to promote research, education and the exchange of ideas growing out of a new science based on active human perception. By developing new capacities of sensing and thinking we envision and design creative environmental technologies, in harmony with nature, meeting human needs.
Since 1999 SENSRI has worked as a non-profit research institute in Saratoga Springs, New York, to develop practical solutions to questions of science, technology and the environment by working from a new understanding of human perception and experience. You can read more about our history here, or meet our researchers and board members by clicking here.
On our Research web page you can learn about our current research activities, such as the Living Waters project, or the behavior of artesian springs in Saratoga Springs, or how current explanations of global warming focus so much on a single atmospheric constituent - carbon dioxide - that we ignore important elements of the larger picture.
SENSRI also provides educational courses and science workshops, as well as resources for educators; you can learn more about these on our Education page.
Our work at SENSRI involves learning new ways of perceiving, freeing our selves from fixed or static concepts, and applying new approaches to experiencing our world. In this, we find we have much in common with artists who also seek to free themselves from conventional viewpoints, to see our world in new ways. Here, on our Art and Environment pages, we invite you to experience the perspectives of artists whose work demonstrates new ways of seeing the world.
SENSRI Publications and Newsletters, as well as descriptions of some of our Past Events, can also be found here. Please read on and explore our site to learn about how SENSRI and you can work together to develop new perspectives on our world that will integrate humanity and environment into a seamless, sustainable unity.
Higgs Field and a View of the Material World that Makes Sense
A recent article by Michael D'Aleo
Perhaps no concept in the past few centuries is as misunderstood, or the subject of as much speculation and investigation, as that of the nature of matter. Originally, mankind accepted traditional religious views of the nature of matter from ancient texts or oral traditions be they indigenous, eastern or western in origin. At the dawn of each society’s scientific era, new theories, speculations and occasional investigations began to probe the nature of the material world. These views often gained so much credence that it eventually became common for many parts of humanity to conceptualize all existence as the result of material interactions... Continue essay...
This summer while teaching courses in Wilton, New Hampshire at the Center for Anthroposophy’s Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, I began a conversation with Douglas Gerwin on what is needed for the present time with respect to teacher education. The essence of this conversation is found below: Throughout his life Rudolf Steiner continually emphasized that all of his later work had its roots in what he had attempted to communicate to humanity when he wrote The Philosophy of Freedom.. Continue essay...
Water, Energy and Global Warming
Michael D'Aleo and Stephen Edelglass
Revised and updated by Michael D'Aleo, July 2009
During this scientific era we have learned to speak of causes and effects. While this language can be useful, it can also mislead, as when the public is brought to focus upon El Nino as the "cause" of altered weather patterns around the world. Yet El Nino is a seamless part of the global weather picture, and is as much the result of ongoing changes as their cause. By itself it explains nothing. An undue focus on causes and effects encourages us to fragment the earth's natural cycles and lose sight of their integral unity.
We suspect that this affinity for well-defined causes (often portrayed as villainous or sensational) throws light on the current debates about global climate change. The focus upon a single atmospheric constituent -- carbon dioxide (now widely viewed as a dangerous pollutant) -- may have encouraged us to ignore elements of the larger picture. Our intention in this article is to illuminate another part of that picture (although in a way that may prove startling): it appears that perfectly "harmless" water vapor and the quantity of energy released with it may be at least as much the villains as carbon dioxide. Download article as PDF...
The New Environmental Aesthetic
It is hard to pick up a newspaper these days without coming across a headline story speaking about the precarious state of our environment. Issues such as global climate change, peak oil, genetic engineering, suburban sprawl, bird flu virus and a host of others catch our attention, and become eclipsed by ever new concerns. It is often the case that continued scrutiny of these problems reveals that many of them have very different dimensions than initially described, while the solutions proposed for the problem du jour often turn out to be less of a solution than what was needed, or even become new environmental problems. Continue essay...