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The Being of Man and His Future Evolution
GA 107

Throughout our life, we have to struggle with questions that cannot be answered on the basis of our experience or with our ordinary thinking. Spiritual science can help us penetrate to a realm where new possibilities open up to address these questions. These lectures offer fascinating insights into the spiritual nature of everyday matters such as forgetting, laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the bodies of the human being. Steiner shows how we can become, through our own efforts, "co-creators" in evolution.

Nine Lectures, 2nd November 1908 to 17th June 1909, given in Berlin. Translated by Pauline Wehrle from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. The original texts of these lectures are contained in the series of 19 lectures entitled Spiritual-Scientific Anthropology/Knowledge of Man (in German, Geisteswissenschaftliche Menschenkundein).

I. Forgetting November 2, 1908
II. Different Types of Illness November 10, 1908
III. Original Sin December 8, 1908
IV. Rhythm in the Bodies of Man December 21, 1908
V. Rhythms in the Being of Man January 12, 1909
VI. Illness and Karma January 26, 1909
VII. Laughing and Weeping April 27, 1909
VIII. The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men May 3, 1909
IX. Evolution, Involution and Creation out of Nothingness June 17, 1909