This workshop will be presented at the 49th Annual IRAS Star Island Conference

"IS NATURE ENOUGH? The Thirst for Transcendence"

27 July 2002 to 3 August 2002


IRAS Workshop


Paul H. Carr

"Getting and spending we lay waste our powers,

Little we find in nature that is ours." (Wordsworth)

We will see photographs of spectacular Star Island and Swiss sunsets together with the beauty of Star Island flowers and Caribbean seas. Captions include nature poetry and Thoreau wisdom. I hope to share the transcendent serenity I experience while viewing clouds, mountains, and fall colors reflected in New England Lakes.

"Water indeed reflects heaven." (Thoreau) We will discuss Thoreau's panentheist belief that the Divine is manifest in nature but also transcends it, as well as Wordsworth's phrase above. I exhibited these photographs at the Marblehead Arts Association in March 2002. They are available with nature poetry on my CD "Mirror of Nature." You can find more by visiting


Paul H. Carr has presented workshops at Star Island since 1998 and has taught a philosophy course "Science and Religion: Cosmos to Consciousness" at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He organized the Science and Religion Session of the International Paul Tillich Society Conference in New Harmony, IN, as well as presenting the paper "Science and Religion: Original Unity and the Courage to Create," published in the June 2001 issue of ZYGON. In his former life, he led the Component Technology Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory, which did research and development on microwave ultrasound, surface acoustic waves, superconductors, and laser activated antennas. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from Brandeis University and his M. S. and

B. S. from MIT.