Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D. explores the intersecting realms of emerging technologies, science, fiction and myth, and the links between the human and non-human worlds. As a professor in the field of Science, Technology, & Society (STS) at the University of Virginia, her research interests include new reproductive and emerging bio-technologies, and inter-species communication. Beyond her academic life, Rosalyn uses her perceptual gifts and empathic intuition in working with horses and their human companions. Her publications include academic books and numerous papers, a science fiction novel, and two books in the body-mind-spirit genre.
Biotechnology and Science Fiction
This book melds essays on biotechnology written by scientists into science fiction stories. It opens a conversation about the morality of what we may one day be, and what it may mean to be human as our biotechnological endeavors continue to evolve. The biotechnology "revolution," launched on a global scale many decades ago, has taken a direct course toward re-creating life. Yet there are still many choices to be made in shaping the future that it may one day make possible. The book motivates readers toward deep reflection and continual discourse, which is essential if biotechnology is to evolve in ethical, meaningful, and sustainable ways.
Friday, June 3rd, 7:00-9:30 P.M.
Rapunzel's in Lovingston, Virginia.
Music by Gene and Gayla Mills.
Readings from Waking to Beauty
and When the Horses Whisper
Deserts and cash bar with
Virginia wines and beers.
In Waking to Beauty, Rosalyn W. Berne explores the extraordinary experiences that have shaped her spiritual journey. This book follows When the Horses Whisper, which details the author's capacity to “hear” and speak with horses, an unexpected gift that changed her understanding of who we are as human beings, in our connection to other beings. Waking to Beauty considers the early childhood origins of this capacity, and shares the realizations that have flowed from this gift. This journey moved her from an external orientation, with a theistic God dwelling “somewhere out there,” to experiencing the divine as present within us and with our fellow creatures.
The crux of the book centers on Rosalyn's encounters with a mare named Beauty, which led her to a profound experience of God dwelling with us here on Earth. The new vision of spiritual evolution that flowed from these encounters opens profound possibilities for humanity, in its interdependence with other living species as well as the earth itself. Beauty makes it clear that human existence is in a precarious state, and that humans need to change in order to survive. But why would anyone take a horse's message seriously? Reading this book may help to provide an answer to that question.
© 2013 Rosalyn W. Berne
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