A Quest for Wisdom

May 21, 2021 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (PDT)

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Co-produced by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Scientific and Medical Network

How do we craft a philosophy for life?

At the age of 24, David Lorimer pressed the “eject” button from his conventional career path in city merchant banking and set off on his quest for wisdom and deeper understanding of life. He arrived at Champagne Moet & Chandon in Epernay in the Autumn of 1976 with four boxes of books, combining reading with guiding visitors around the 18th century cellars. Since that time, he has devoted his life to education in the broadest sense.

A Quest for Wisdom
Friday, May 21, 2021
11:00am – 12:30pm Pacific

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In this talk, David will discuss the evolution of his philosophy for life, his quest for wisdom, and the main influences on his thinking, such as Albert Schweitzer, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Peter Deunov. He will give an overview of the main themes of his book, A Quest for Wisdom: Inspiring Purpose on the Path of Life.

  • Philosophy, meaning, and spirituality
  • Consciousness, death, and transformation
  • Responsibility, ethics, and society — the challenge of how we can live more harmoniously together

David hopes that people will be inspired, as Albert Schweitzer put it, in our task “to become more finely and deeply human” for the common good. Nothing less is required of us at this time.


David LorimerDavid Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a writer, poet, lecturer and editor who is a Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network, and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, most recently The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about Beinsa Douno: Prophet for our Times (1991, 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. He is a founding member of the International Futures Forum and was editor of its digest, Omnipedia – Thinking for Tomorrow. He was also a Trustee of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment and a Churchill Fellow. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales, Radical Prince, has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, and French. He is the originator of the Inspiring Purpose Values Poster Programmes, which have reached over 300,000 young people.


Rupert Sheldrake, PhDRupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and nine books, including The Presence of the Past. The third edition of A New Science of Life, fully revised and updated, is published in the UK by Icon Books, and in the US, retitled Morphic Resonance, by Park Street Press. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and of Schumacher College, in Dartington, Devon. He lives in London.





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