“I believe absolutely, that science and peace finally triumph over ignorance and war and the peoples of the earth agree, not to destroy but to build up. “Louis Pasteur, Ich glaube unbedingt daran, dass Wissenschaft und Frieden schließlich über Un wissenheit und Krieg triumphieren und die Völker der Erde übereinkommen, nicht zu zerstören sondern aufzubauen. “Louis Pasteur.
Insights of Nobel laureates in brain research like Roger Sperry or John Eccles are considered here in their pursuit of a peaceful sustainable education. ‘Weltentöchter’, daughters of the world, “New Frontiers in Science” projects, ‘The little Prince and the Magic Flute’, supported by children, respect not only potentials of the dominant but also of the subdominant hemisphere of our brain. They are based on a harmonious cooperation of our cerebral hemispheres to resolve problems, for ‘Life is problem solving’ (Popper). Weltentöchter encourage to preserve life’s beauty, grace and dignity, its values and deeper meaning. They are inspired by role models and Pau Casals ‘song of the birds’ in front of the United Nations, which helps to understand the impact of peaceful science, art and music on the human brain.
For this purpose, the author refers as adviser of the research performance Weltentöchter to the split-brain researches of Roger Sperry, which seem to confirm Tania Singer’s and Richard Davidson’s research on empathy, inspiring Weltentöchter in their view on history. They also use neglected potentials of the subdominant sphere of the brain, which helps them on the way to more beauty, wisdom and peace, feeling deep in their heart love, care and responsibility for all living beings. (Translations into English in this article came from the author’s mind.) The split-brain experiments of Nobel laureate Roger Sperry influenced Nobel laureate John Eccles in his research and Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen was paying homage to them in his article, Mozart oder Unser Unvermögen, das Genie zu begreifen “(‘Mozart or our inability to understand the genius’) in his book, Jenseits von Ideologien und Wunschdenken’ (‘Beyond ideologies and wishful thinking’). The localisation of the different capacities of both hemispheres of the human brain, according to Sperry’s split-
brain researches, was summarized by Eccles. Eigen uses Eccles overview in his book, translated from German by the author (Table1). In, Naturwissenschaft und Wertentscheidung’ (Science and Moral Priority) Sperry writes, translated from German by the author: “Returning to our main concern, the impact of a creeping materialism in the Neuro- and Behaviour Sciences as well as elsewhere, we can say summarizingly, that we have today an objective model of explanation of the brain function, that does not deny or degrade humanistic values, ideals and the meaning of the human endeavor but rather confirms them. “For all, who are waiting for a message to take along, we have a simple and natural one, which is equally valid for the researchers in natural science as in the humanities Never underestimate the power of an ideal.” For Prof. Preiser, head of the Psychological University Berlin, the Corpus callosum, the anatomical and functional connection of the brain hemispheres, is “prompting us to act with humanitarian and social responsibility.” He confirms our view (Figure1).
The ideal of Weltentöcher, presented on the 1st of june and
2nd of June 2017 in Frankfurt, Landungsbrücken, seems to be to
relate to the two hemispheres of the human brain to create more
peace, grace, beauty and harmony encouraging an education
for peace. In their work the innate genius of every human
being is supported through a harmonious cooperation of both
hemispheres of the human brain in the individual development
of the personality. Role models like Cassandra, Antigone, Jeanne
d’Arc, Alexandra David Neel, Bertha von Suttner, Jane Goodall,
the muses, the graces and the beauty of our earth, called our
mother by Pope Francis, are reinforcing them. So, they see in all
living beings, needing support or help, brothers and
sisters close to Whitman, praising dignity and democracy
of the United States due to religion. Preparing and initiating
interdisciplinary, New Frontiers in Science” events in the
21st century with leading internationally respected
researchers in Munich, the former Capital of the Nazi-movement,
the author felt reinforced by the anti-Nazi-movement Die Weiße
Rose. This helped him to motivate the Nobel laureates Werner
Arber, Richard Ernst, Robert Huber and Wolfgang Ketterle to
hold lectures in “New Frontiers in Science” events like the DAAD
Summer-Academy, New Frontiers in Science”, www.ehims.de,
or the IMPRS Interdisciplinary Symposium “New Frontiers in
Science”. Die Weiße Rose is the name of the student movement
in Munich for peace during the Nazi regime. Sophie and Hans
Scholl and friends were members of Die Weiße Rose as well as
their mentor Prof. Kurt Huber, who wrote the book
“Leibniz the philosopher of the universal harmony” before
he was murdered by the Nazi regime.
Prof. Huber wanted to recall good Germans into the memory
of future generations. Die Weiße Rose and Kants writings on
perpetual peace can be considered as source of peace, likewise
Albert Schweitzer’s and
Goethe’s reverence for life, culture and poetry, incl. that of
Iran, in ‘West-Eastern Divan’ and Ibn Rushd-Goethe Moschee.
To support healing potentials of the human language,
considered as creative energy in honor of Wilhelm v. Humboldt,
approaches of logo therapy of Prof. Viktor Frankl, who survived
concentration camps of the Nazi regime, are recommended
here to the Weltentöchter. The neurologist Viktor Frankl was
honoured 2015 by the foundation of the first Viktor Frankl
Museum in Vienna. One of the most important brain researchers
of our time, Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, supported the
international movement in favour of Viktor Frankl’s therapeutic
work and the neurologist Roger Walsh is referring to Frankl in
his book Staying Alive. Linus
Pauling, Nobel laureate of chemistry and peace, wrote
in his preface of this book, that our survival may depend on
our cooperation to resolve the problems of the world and
recommended this book. The collage of Ch. Nass, written with
stones ‘Be gentle’ recalls the Gentleman Ideal within us (Figure2).
Edel sei der Mensch, hilfreich und gut’, ‘Man be noble, helpful
and good.’ Goethe, (Thomas Mann wanted Goethe’s view to be
completed by Walt Whitman’s view. See also the film ‘Dead Poets
Society’, Gerty Spies, Boris Cyrulnik, Sonia & Daniel Levitin.
Raum der Stille, Berlin IMPRESSUM.