For some inconceivable reason, I got a google alert for this old book today. It’s an edition of a collection of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures to the workers at the Goetheanum. The title is funny enough in itself: From Mammoths to Mediums. But it gets truly hilarious when looking at the publisher’s summary of topics:
‘Topics in this collection include: dancing and sport; guardian angels; effects of the stars; potatoes, beetroots and radishes; the Druids; Roman Catholic and Masonic rituals; proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and salts; Aristotle; nutrition; blood circulation and the heart; honesty and conscience; boredom and opinions; lungs and kidneys; fertilization in plants and humans; light and color; and breathing.’
All this in one volume! An extraordinarily wide range of topics, I’d say. Not unusual for Steiner, but if you think about it, it will seem apparent he couldn’t always know what he was talking about; it would have been humanly impossible (providing Steiner was human, of course, a notion seemingly rejected by some people). Sometimes he made things up out of the blue, a method not dissimilar to clairvoyancy in terms of accuracy.