The four forms of knowledge and cognition.
In his lecture on the four forms of knowledge, David Boadella will describe the basic paradigms of knowledge, as foundations of science, in relation
to personal and collective experience. In addition to this, the natural scientific basis of Biosynthesis, with roots in energetics, bio-systemics, morphology and neurosciences will be outlined, in relation to our
understanding of the body.
The foundation of interpersonal somatic resonance forms the basis of bi-personal and social contact, and provides a bridge to the social sciences
that study patterns in relationships. The psychodynamic concepts of identification and differentiation will be compared to concepts of bonding and boundary formation in Biosynthesis. This dialogical form of
relationship depends on channels of contact.
Relationships create patterns of meaning, of expression and of communication. Here we encounter forms of knowledge related to personal and
collective expression, as typified in the arts, in music and in movement (the human sciences). The concept of motoric fields in
Biosynthesis will be used to illustrate the concept of translating between verbal and non verbal forms of communication. We are dealing here with hermeneutics as maps of meaning, and with concepts such as the mind of movement, and the movement of mind.
The fourth form of knowledge
intuitive or essential knowledge, is related to personal and collective forms of spiritual science, knowledge gained for instance through meditation, enhanced states of consciousness, or through deep contact to inner wisdom.
David Boadella (born 1931), B.A., M.Ed.,
Dr. h.c., Psychotherapist SPV and UKCP. Studied education, psychology and literature. Trained in
character-analytic vegetotherapy. Founder of Biosynthesis. Since 1985 he has undergone ongoing further training in “Psychosomatic Centering” (Robert Moore, Denmark). He has spent over 40 years in psychotherapeutic
practice. He holds lectures worldwide, and is the author of numerous books and articles. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the “Open International University of Complementary Medicine” for his
pioneering work in the development and promotion of Energy & Character, as well as for his contributions to social sciences in this context. A selection of David Boadella's books: “Befreite Lebensenergie”
(Kösel), “Wilhelm Reich – Leben und Werk” (Scherz).