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  • Title: Foreword: First Scientific Lecture-Course
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    • thanks must be the will to widen out our own horizon, thus
    • speak, of their own accord; but on this basis we can only
    • more than this, we must by dint of our own efforts give to
    • awake of their own accord; those that apply to higher realms
    • “To gain a picture of my own
  • Title: Prefatory Note: First Scientific Lecture-Course
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    • yet known in Goethe's time. I could only do justice to such
  • Title: First Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • by their own researches — a kind of “reductio ad
    • Then and then only will Goethe's outlook come into its own, also in
    • “Nature” has grown to be a rather vague and undefined
    • force of heat or warmth, and so on. They speak of an unknown
    • way from what is known into some unknown realm. They scarcely ever
    • ask if it is really justified thus to proceed from the known to the
    • unknown. They scarcely trouble, for example, to consider if it is
    • suspended by a string, will pull vertically down towards the earth.
    • example are the three statements known as “Kepler's
    • “known” to the so-called “unknown”. He always
    • wants to stay within the sphere of what is known, nor in the first
    • scientific method is not to draw conclusions from the known to the
    • unknown; he will apply all thinking and all available methods to put
    • so-called “known” to an “unknown” of any
    • for such Laws. What he puts down as the quintessence of his
    • to be fundamental, in place of the unknown entities or the
    • which have grown ever more beloved in Science, so much so that in our
    • — has grown to be the determining factor in the way we think
    • is something man understands on its own ground, in and by itself.
    • to outer Nature. I mean Geometry, — all that is known by means
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  • Title: Second Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • are able to gain simply from our own life of thought. We form our
    • movement. This we can spin, as it were, out of our own life of
    • Nature's processes in our own inner life, we now have to leap across
    • down a certain formula, putting it forward today simply as a
    • well-known theorem. (We can go into it again another time so that
    • presence known, to begin with, simply by this: by its ability to
    • what is implied when we write down the m. All that is
    • either case. Writing down m, we are writing down that in
    • to blot it out. Thus when we write down the formula
    • has grown, — how much must be subtracted to restore the
    • from the downward pressure of weight.
    • in man's own constitution. Our brain, you see, weighs on the average
    • of which the brain is really tending upward, contrary to its own
    • not in forces that pull downward but on the contrary, in forces that
    • of our body — from the base of the skull downward, with the
    • in this condition. Taken as a whole, their tendency is down-ward.
    • Here then we live in the downward pull. In our brain we live in the
    • upward buoyancy, while for the rest we live in the downward pull. Our
    • Will, above all, lives in the downward pull. Our Will has to unite
    • with the downward pressure. Precisely this deprives the rest of our
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  • Title: Third Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • often happens, one does not get down to a thing right away. Now
    • case, downward in the other. Hence if I had such a double prism I
    • picture has grown smaller. The cylinder of light is contracted.
    • to begin with, I can look down at the object and see it in this
    • have to do so, comes to expression in that I do not see right down as
    • downward. Instead of simply noting this fact, the physicists will
    • they divest the eye of any kind of activity of its own; only from
    • cornea, shown here, — embedded in the ciliary muscle — is
    • a kind of lens. The lens is carried by a muscle known as the ciliary
    • reaches what is commonly known as the vitreous body or vitreous
  • Title: Fourth Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • produced. But the darkness rays downward too, so, while the cylinder
    • of light is diverted upward, the darkness here rays downward and
    • in a downward direction by the prism. At the same time I see it
    • smaller ones fly farther up, the larger ones remain farther down. The
    • on their downward journey (see the figure). Why then the latter
    • is the one stream of light. It is thrown by reflection across here,
    • expansion, known as waves, we imagine sound to spread. To begin with,
    • vibrations happens to be vibrating downward at the very moment when
    • the other hand adding to them our own inventions. This movement of
    • be the eventual explanation; they must contain their own explanation.
    • one swings upward when the other downward so that they cancel each
  • Title: Fifth Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • remarkable fact, which, although not unknown before, was brought to
    • too; it then appears displaced downward instead of upward, moreover
    • It has grown late and
    • come into relation to the light, changing it through their own nature
    • velocity. The space and time are our own instruments. They are bound
    • reality in its own right — a reality of which the essence is,
  • Title: Sixth Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • “I know four men. One of them owns £25, another £50;
    • he therefore owns more than the other. The third of them is £25
    • People have grown ever
    • — to add all manner of unknown agencies and fancied energies,
    • Now it is simpler to add in thought some unknown forces than to admit
    • ethereal ocean. Their calculations relate to an unknown entity which
    • sense-world is explained by an unknown super-sensible, the vibrating
    • search for an unknown to the explanation of this unknown by yet
    • another unknown.
  • Title: Seventh Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • shadow you are seeing on the right is the one thrown by the
    • isn't there, but your own eye is active and makes an after-effect,
    • — I with my own eye generate the contrasting colour. There is
    • apparatus is my eye; I see an objective phenomenon through my own
    • to use Goethe's term, — the eye, according to its own
    • process that goes on in your own eye. There is no real nor
    • lukewarmness on either side. What is it then? It is your own warmth
    • that is swimming there. Your own warmth makes you feel the
    • in the warmth-element of your environment? It is your own
    • state-of-warmth, brought about by your own organic process. Far
    • the state of this your own warmth you converse — communicate
    • environment, wherein your own bodily warmth is swimming. It is your
    • still farther down. We experience our own state-of-warmth by
    • partake also in this. Our consciousness is indeed able to dive down
    • our own consciousness have to partake in the phenomena of light so
    • downward. Here now the cerebrospinal fluid is none other than a
    • downward-and-upward, upward-and-downward undulation of the
    • manifold and differentiated way — this upward and downward
    • own hand by the difference between the warmth of your hand and the
    • the impact and interaction of your own inner, wondrously
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  • Title: Eighth Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • have grown accustomed to through Goethe. They wanted to study
    • prevalent today. Historically it is of course well-known, but
    • hand all that which we do not merely think out in our own inner
    • of studying it which we have grown accustomed to in modern Physics
    • condensations and attenuations; that unknown something within me
    • air or vibrating ether, — let him put down the book which
    • method, but way-of-thinking) which physicists have grown accustomed
    • only have you here before me through my own impressions, which (if
    • everyone of you who are here seated is only the effect on my own
    • course also go on into my own body. These are the subject-matter of
    • observe that the second clock starts of its own accord. We will
    • which the human being's own activity is already contained —
  • Title: Ninth Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • beginning no doubt with things that are well-known to you from your
    • further. For it proves possible to calculate, down to the actual
    • and manifold as they appear. These tendencies were crowned to some
    • effect of it is perceptible at a distance. Thus in his own
    • strangely reminiscent of the properties of downright matter.
    • pole, known as the cathode, which lent themselves especially to
    • they now obtained the rays known as “canal rays”. In
    • known as Roentgen rays or X-rays. They have the effect of
    • their turn, quite of their own accord. It is their own inherent
    • direct experience of the phenomena of our own Will; all we are able
    • complicated ways we go down into the realm of electrical phenomena,
  • Title: Tenth Lecture (First Scientific Lecture-Course)
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    • another thing emerges from these materials, known as radium etc. It
    • geometrical and kinematical — calculable waves in an unknown
    • pure Geometry — was a thing handed down from ancient time.
    • angles together make 180°, breaks down. For I should then
    • besides the ordinary geometry handed down to us from Euclid other
    • space of our own conceiving? We must admit: the space which we
    • only we who by our own way of thinking first translate this into
    • have at first no means whatever of deciding, how our own
    • which we have spun out of our own inner life. Where then do these
    • different when we go down from the phenomena of light and sound,
    • methods of calculation seem to break down in so many places. In
    • from us and only makes its presence known to us in the phenomena of
    • tubes makes itself known to us in phenomena of light, etc. Whatever
    • than the mere material element. You are obliged to kindle your own
    • developments must come in place of what is breaking down. This

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