SeminBar is public lecture series featuring international scientists talking about their research emphasizing engaging key scientific concepts and visions relevant to molecular systems engineering in a format understandable to a wider audience.

The SeminBar is held at SUD in Basel in English and starts at 6 pm. It is open to the public. Accompanying the talk is a live music act, a buffet dinner and drinks at the bar. Free entrance!

Visionary Science: A Spiritual Paradigm

Tue, 01 October, 18.00

Robert Waterman, Southwestern College, USA

"Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a Spirit is manifest in the Laws of the Universe—a Spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we, with our modest powers, must feel humble.”—Albert Einstein

Out of his sense of universal religious feeling, Einstein sought a unified theory. The methods and tools of classical science are well honed to test our visionary theories, revelations, and knowing. The numinous dimensions emerge into our tangible reality through the frontiers of the quantum enigma, dark matter and energy, and their correspondence to spiritual models and ancient wisdom. We have learned to be excellent objective observers, only to be confounded by the observer effect. As the agency of science, we are the lens through which we restrict or expand our senses and our intellect. The key to the emerging spiritual paradigm lies in our visionary tendencies. As visionaries, through refining and clarify our subjective access into the numinous, and as a complement to our classical objectivity, we are the agency of an emerging spiritual paradigm. Through the lens of self, science will lead the way.

Dr. Robert Waterman has a Doctor of Education and a Master of Arts in Sociology from New Mexico State University. He founded and is President Emeritus of Southwestern College. He is Author of Footprints of Eternity: Ancient Wisdom Applied to Modern Psychology; Eyes Made of Soul: Theory and Practice of Noetic Balancing; Power of Love: The Ways and Means; Mandala of the Soul: the Art of Archetypal Psychology. His carrier as a spiritual teacher and counselor spans over fifty year, presenting classes in the United States and Switzerland.

With music by Jakub Dworak & Sam Barnett.


Wed, 02 October, 09.00-12.00
BPR 1095, room E00.012, Rosental areal, Basel

Following his SeminBar, Dr. Robert Waterman will elaborate during a half-day workshop on how we, through the pursuit of science, are the agency of an emerging spiritual paradigm, and how we can expand our senses and our intellect.
To register, send an email to info(at) (limited places).

Previous SeminBar speakers

25 June 2019: Mario Botta
Paul Walton, University of York, UK, talked about "Gender equality in science: why is it taking so long?".

© Nicola Gnesi. Courtesy Fondazione Henraux.

28 March 2019: Mario Botta
Mario Botta, architect, Switzerland, talked about "Mario Botta: The architecture of the sacred".

3 May 2018: Prof. Thomas Heinemann
Thomas Heinemann, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar, Germany, talked about "Life as a construct - the ethics of synthetic biology".

6 March 2018: PD Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel
Sonja Kleinlogel, University of Bern, Switzerland, talked about "When light and viruses may heal us: a glimpse behind the scenes of clinical research".

2 November 2017: Prof. Bradley Hyman
Bradley Hyman, Harvard Medical School, USA, talked about "Alzheimer’s disease: snapshots from the journey towards a cure".

25 January 2017: Prof. Dirk Trauner
Dirk Trauner, New York University (NYU), USA, talked about “Synthetic Photobiology”.

30 November 2016: Prof. Anthony J. Ryan
Anthony J. Ryan, University of Sheffield, UK, talked about "3 Millenia of Condoms".

20 September 2016: Prof. Cees Dekker
Cees Dekker, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, talked about "What is life, and how does life differ from non-life?".

10 May 2016: Dr. Philipp Holliger
Philipp Holliger, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK, talked about "A Synthetic Biology Approach to Abiogenesis".

26 November 2015: Dr. Philippe Marlière
Philippe Marlière, founder of synthetic biology and xenobiology, talked about “Accept No Limits”.

28 October 2015: Prof. Andreas Plückthun
Andreas Plückthun, University of Zurich, Switzerland, talked about "Influencing cells with man-made proteins".

Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti's artistic vision of artificial trees producing energy.

7 May 2015: Prof. Markus Antonietti
Markus Antonietti, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, talked about "Black and Orange Magic".

DNA Origami Wallpaper

14 January 2015: Prof. Hendrik Dietz
Hendrik Dietz, TU Munich, Germany, talked about “Molecular Systems Engineering with DNA”.

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