He’s bothered by reductionists and ‘their lack of a sense of mystery.’ Oh well then. Here’s Emanuel Derman — eagerly imparting ‘unnecessary information’ perhaps? (I don’t know) — on the consequences of encountering Steiner and his ‘somewhat turgid’ writings:
I never became an Anthroposophist, but some of those perceptions still carry weight with me. Years later, when I read Spinoza’s Ethics, I came across a version of the same idea. Mind and matter, according to Spinoza, are simultaneous attributes of one underlying Substance. Or, in modern terms, mind is not an epiphenomenon of matter nor is matter an epiphenomenon of mind. Neurophysiology doesn’t explain psychology, and psychology doesn’t replace neurophysiology. Spirit co-exists with matter; spirit is an element, not a compound.
So, ‘spirit is an element, not a compound’ — are we really getting closer to anything profound here…? I’ve read the text several times, and unfortunately it seems emptier each time. Mystery married with rather banal ‘truths’, sometimes of the self-evident kind.