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‘The Science of Spirituality’ Keynote with Dr Noel Nannup alongside Prof Peter Klinken

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Noongar Elder, cultural guide, scientist and Danjoo Koorliny Co-Director Dr Noel Nannup will be delivering a keynote on ‘The Science of Spirituality’ alongside Chief Scientist of Western Australia Prof Peter Klinken during this year’s Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit.

“In today’s world we learn about scientific principle and it governs most of every discussion, because academia embraces it and will not perform unless there’s the data,” Noel said.

“That’s what I’ll be explaining to people - from our way of understanding and the old world, as well as what science might talk about in relation to ‘what is that spirit’?

“And then they have to get into the quantum world. You might have heard me talk about that, just skating past the edge of it, but I’d like to get stuck into it good and proper so that people can hear the whole lot.

“And we always say everything is connected; we want to say it’s not just connected physically, we want them to understand how we know it’s connected spiritually as well.”

Image: Prof Peter Klinken and Dr Noel Nannup speaking together with others at the 2019 Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit.

Prof Klinken has previously spoken at the Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit in 2019 as part of a session on transforming Business, Government and Science.

“Our education system starts off fairly broad, and we get narrower, we get narrower, we get narrower, we specialise, we become a specialist, and we go deeper, and deeper, and deeper into a very, very small area,” Peter said at the summit in 2019.

“Now I've talked to Noel about this, and he said, ‘From a science perspective where I come from, we get a microscope, and we look down at something. We get a bigger microscope, and we look even further. We get an even bigger microscope, and we look even further. We keep going down, and down, and down.’ And what Noel said to me is, ‘Peter, you need to come up. And you need to look across.’

“So one of the things that we do in Western society is we work in silos. We become very narrow, very specialised in specific areas. And we think we're fantastic. And we become absolutely demigods in our own little area, and we forget to connect. And if there's one message that's come out from today, it's that everything is connected. You cannot have science separate from culture, from arts, from law and have a society that really functions,” Peter said.

Noel will talk with Peter on the opening day of this year’s summit. On day two, there will be a keynote with Dr Richard Walley and Dr Otto Scharmer on ‘The Codes of Systems Change’.

More keynotes, including ones with Prof Colleen Hayward and Carol Innes will be announced soon.

To see the summit program, click here.

To register for the summit, click here.


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