About—

David Edmund Moody, PhD, is the author of An Uncommon Collaboration: David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti (Alpha Centauri Press, 2017). Bohm was a renowned theoretical physicist who worked closely with Krishnamurti for 25 years. Moody knew both men well in his capacity as director of Oak Grove School, the position he held at the time of Krishnamurti’s death in 1986.

Moody was the first teacher hired at Oak Grove when it opened its doors in 1975. His experiences there as a teacher, educational director, and director are described in his previous book, The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School (Quest, 2011). This book recounts the history of the first twelve years of the school, including Krishnamurti’s close involvement in it and Moody’s many interactions with him.

After he left Oak Grove, Moody took his doctorate degree from UCLA, where his research focused on student understanding of important concepts in the sciences. Portions of his research were published in Mapping Biology Knowledge (Kluwer, 2000). He is the author of numerous articles in popular and professional journals on topics related to science, education, and the work of Krishnamurti.

In this talk, David reviews the historical relationship between science and spirituality over the course of two thousand years.  Krishnamurti’s unique perspective on this topic is presented within that context.

Krishnamurti said that life is relationship:  “To be is to be related.”  But most of our relationships are characterized by conflict, between individuals as well as between groups and nations.  Krishnamurti offers a comprehensive diagnosis and prescription for conflict in all forms of relationship.

David explores with Professor Krishna one of the most important and perplexing issues in Krishnamurti’s philosophy:  freedom from knowledge.  What does he mean by that, and why is it important and worthwhile?  The conversation is deep and wide-ranging and clarifies this vital issue.

Articles

 

Evolution and the Textbook Structure of Biology.  1996.  Science Education 80:  395-418.

The Insight Curriculum.  1998.  Journal of the Krishnamurti Schools, no. 2, 13-15.

The David Bohm Biography.  1998.  The Link, no. 14, 20 – 22.

Can Intelligence be Increased by Training on a Task of Working Memory?  2009.  Intelligence 37: 327-328.

Gaia Comes of Age.  2010.  Natural History 119 no. 3:  40 – 42.

Seven Misconceptions Regarding the Gaia Hypothesis.  2012.  Climatic Change 113:  277-284.

Review of On Gaia, by Toby Tyrell.  2013.  Progress in Physical Geography.

 

Krishnamurti at lunch with Pupul Jayakar and David Moody.  Seated to the left of Krishnamurti is Friedrich Grohe.

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Presentations

Insight as the Basis for a Functional Typology of Misconceptions.  August 1993.  Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Cornell University.

What is Holistic Living?  1998.  Lecturer and conference coordinator.  The Ojai Institute, Ojai, California.

Species Loss, Deep Time, and the Sources of Ecological Disorder.  1999.  A talk given at the conference on Ecology and Consciousness at The Ojai Institute (now called Ojai Retreat), Ojai, California.

Deep Time and the Meaning of Life:  An exploration into the history of life on Earth and its moral and spiritual significance.  April 2010.  Ojai Retreat, Ojai, California

  1. Krishnamurti and David Bohm: An Uncommon Collaboration. September 2012. A weekend workshop held at the Krishnamurti Foundation of America in Ojai, California.  Lecture, video, and group discussion.

What is the Unconditioned Mind?  April 2013.  A lecture given at Krotona School of Theosophy, Ojai, California.

  1. Krishnamurti and the Art of Inquiry. October 2013. A four-day workshop held at Krotona School of Theosophy in Ojai, California.  Lecture, video, and group discussion.

Reviews for Huffington Post—

Radical Adventures into the Rainforest.  January 2013.  Review of Walking the Amazon, Ed Stafford, and Naked in Eden, Robin Easton.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-edmund-moody/radical-adventures-into-t_b_2553185.html

Noble Savages and the Nature of Human Nature.  April 2013.  Review of Noble Savages, Napoleon Chagnon.  Simon and Schuster, 2013.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-edmund-moody/noble-savages-and-the-nat_b_3029597.html

Review:  A Window on Eternity, by E. O. Wilson.  April 2014.  Simon and Schuster, 2014.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-edmund-moody/a-window-on-eternity-by-e_b_5135798.html

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