RONALD E. CHAVERS
RONALD E. CHAVERS
Publications and Projects
Books and brochuresDialektik als Wissenschaftsbegriff. (Dialectic, a Philosophy of Science).
Ph.D.-thesis at the Freie Universitat Berlin, 1972
September Moons. Haiku in Transition.
Utrecht, 1980. ISBN 90-70387-01-8
Soul No, Brochure on ritual and intercultural dance.
Utrecht, DIES- Coop Publishers, 1983
A systematic and Methodological Study of Psychotherapy. Utrecht, 1984.
A study guide in Energy Transformations.
Utrecht, 1985. ISBN 90-70387-02-6
The rational Order of Natural Things.
Brochure, Utrecht 1986.
The role of the Women in Egyptian Mythology and Art.
Utrecht. 1986. ISBN 90-70387-05-0
Akeru-Ka, Called the Egyptian Martial Arts Method.
Method developed by Prof. Dr. Ronald Chavers.
Utrecht, 1986. ISBN 90-70387-04-2
William James and the Future of Science and Philosophy.
Utrecht, 1990. ISBN 90-70387-07-7
William Jarnes and the Science of Self-Defence.
Utrecht, 1 990. ISBN 90-70387-08-5
The Afro-Egyptian Method and the History of Westen Philosophy
By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, to be published by the "Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press" USA, Lawrenceville, USA. (1997)
This is a short Overview to my three volume book: The principles of Logical Rationality and Mathematical Philosophy. The Cultural Anthropology and History of Logics and Mathematics in the Light of Science, Sociology, Psychology, Mythology and philosophical Rationality.
This book in 3 volume is a systematic Encyclopedic Compendium of various Problems, Concepts, Methods and Procedures of Mathematics, Logics and Rationality. It understands itself as a systematic Foundation of the Sciences, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, the Arts, Society and Cultural Reality itself.
'This is supposed to be a systematic study of most of the aspects of Mathematical-Philosophy, Theory, logics, Aesthetics and its relationship to Scientific, historical, Social and Cultural Life. It introduces Mathematics not as a Science of Abstract Structures and Signs, but as a Science of Creative Structuralism, that can be used to represent all kinds of Objects, Processes as well as Cognitive and Creative Structures. This of course includes not only numbers but also logical, computable, social, genetic, space, time structures of many different forms (coding, mapping, graphs, gestalts, gestures, patterns, formalizing, etc.). Mathematics in this sense is a 'Way' as Tao or "System' of actively Structuring or giving the various objects of our research Structure (form, gestalt, order, system, model, pattern). This is why we call this method Taxonomy not in its abstract, tautological or metaphysical or universal meaning, but as a science of representing real things, not only of Natural Things (Biology, Zoology, Natural History, Morphology, genetics, etc.) as in traditional Taxonomy but also of Symbolic (symbolic Representation, Cognitive, Rational, Traditional, Imaginary, Insight, Dream, Creative, etc.) and also Ritual, Religious, Astronomical, Magical, Aesthetic, chemical, Physical, Electro-magnetic, Emotional, etc. (See also Edward T. Hall, Beyond Culture, New York 1977, p. 121f.)
If this position is taken serious and it is in this book, then this means that the history of socalled higher mathematics, mathematical theory, philosophy, methodology and logics has to be systematically examined in relationship to the Reductive and Limiting Dichotomies of Abstract Mathematics. In this connection Classical Mathematics Theory and Proof theory and Analysis and the Logics of universal Classificational Structures and Signs are known as mathematical Certainty, or Impeccable Logic, or Irrefutable Conclusions, or Rigorous Proof structures etc. If these Structures are carefully analyzed in their axiomatic and deductive Structuralisms, they manifest a serious Crisis and Paradox in European Thinking and they indicate a definite degeneration in morls, genetic and cultural Structuralisms, Social as well as Family or Clan Structure, Aesthetic and Ritual or Spiritual Qualities as well as Mathematical, Logical and Creative Structures of all kinds.'1
1Ronald E. Chavers, The Principles of Logical Rationality and Mathematical Philosophy. Unpublished manuscript, 1991, Introduction to Volume 1, p. 1. See Morris Klein, Mathematics, The Law of Certainty, Oxford, 1982, p.278.
Program for Engineering and Management. Training program of dr. R.E. Chavers and his wife Mrs M. Chavers-Egawa, a co-production of Lotus Creation Movement, Utrecht 1998
ArticlesDon Juan, Teacher of Natural Psychology.
State University of Utrecht, 1977
Interview with Dr. A. Klukhuhn. Utrecht, Studium Generale,
State University of Utrecht, 1978
Die bedeutung der Fruhgeschichte von die gegenwartige Kultur. (The Meaning of Early History for Contemporary Culture).
In: Eine Reise in die Traumwelt
Ed. by DIES-travelgroup.
Laufenberg, 1984. ISBN 3-923080-09-3
Bewegung oder tanz in der Transversionalen Therapie. (Movement or Dance in Transversional Theraphy).
In: Wege, Sonderheft, Februari 1987, pag. 10-12.
Terug naar je eigen wortels, dat geeft zekerheid. Ronaid Chavers en de Grote Moeder Cultuur. (Back to your own Roots, it gives you secruity. R. Chavers and the Great Mother Culture).
Interview with Eugene Jacobs. In: Onkruid, 65, 1988, pag. 58-65
Transform Art. In: Transform Art: Impressions- Transformation-Expressions. Interdisciplinary project 1991. Design and choreography by Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers.
A New Science of Semiotics. Published in: Signs of Humanity/ L , Homme et ges signes. Vol. I. Ed. by Michel Balat and Janice Deledalle-Rhodes. General Editor: Gerard Deledalle. Berlin etc., Mouton de Gruyter, 1992, pag. 35-41 (Approaches to Semiotics; 107).
A short reflection of the perspectives of Qualitative Methodology for Health Workers.
January 1996 submitted to the European Journal of Public health for publication in the special issue on Qualitative Methodology.
The rational Order of Natural Things.
Brochure, Utrecht 1986.
more about this article - fragment of the brochure
Dance-Performances and Choreographies
Dance: Marriage between a black African slave (African princess), and an lndian Chief (medicine man)- Dance of the snake, the eagle and the horse. NV -huis at Utrecht, 1979
Prof. Dr. R. Chavers dancing Zagreb, Yugoslavia 7-1988
Prof. Dr. R. Chavers dancing Zagreb, Yugoslavia 7-1988
Dance: African Drum, a performance in which Ronald-Black Horse-Chavers danced on an African Drum constructed and shaped by himself out of wood from an African Tree, SSR, Bemuurde Weerd, Utrecht 1980.
Dance of The Gypsy Woman, at the opening of the House for DIES- Community for Development History, "Het Zonnepaard (The Sun-horse)",Utrecht 1980.
Dance: A Haiku- Happening, a lecture and dance at the Doshysha University at Kyoto and the Haiku Museum at Tokyo, Summer 1981
Dance: The Fire dance. Tour through Poland together with the famous Polish music group OSJAN, with also a TV-performance and Interview in Warszawa, April 1983
Dance: The Baron and The Wild Fire Lady.
Tour through The Netherlands together with the music group OSJAN (Utrecht, University of Nijmegen, Gemeente-Museum The Hague, Tilburg) June 1983
Dance: The Baron and the Wild Fire Lady.
International Musicfestival "Music der Zukunft", Karlsruhe, West Germany together with the Polish music group OSJAN, November 1984
Dance Improvisation: A performance of Ronald- Black Horse- Chavers together with the Italian
musician Walter Maioli at the Festival "Shamanism and Art", Amsterdam, July 1985
Dance: The eternal now
The way of the milky way And the deer hunting man.
Hungarian Academy ofSciences and Technical University, Budapest, Hungary, December 1985 (lecture, workshop, dance) Filmed by the Hungarian T.V.
Lecture, workshop and dance: "Creativity, Mathematical Logics and Cultural Transfonnation"
4th World Congress of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (W ADP) "The Androgynity of Man, Hochschule der Kunste, West Berlin, March 1986
Chorographical guidance of the performance of Mayumi Chavers-Egawa at the Japanese Cultural Weekend, organized by DIES, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 1986
Chorographical guidance of the workshop "Primal Dance and Work with Expressive Dancing", 8th European Congress of the European Association of Humanistic Psychology (EAHP): 'To be: Today and Tomorrow', University of Zurich, Switzerland, August 1986
Dance: A performance of Ronald-Black Horse-Chavers together with his wife Mayumi Chavers Egawa at the Ethnic Cultural Dance and Dance Theatre 'Lawnview', Urbana, Ohio, October 1986, America:
Black-Dance Improvisations and Impressions, by Ronaid -Black Horse-Chavers Some expressions of a Japanese Woman, by Mayumi Chavers-Egawa
Dance: The Etemal Now, the Way ofthe Milkyway and The Deer Hunting Man.
The Festival of Dance, Trance, Trancendenz, organized by the Frankfurter Ring e.V., Bad Soden, West-Germany, May 1987
Chorographical guidance of the performance of Mayumi Chavers Egawa during the "Holland- Japan Week" in Zeist, The Netherlands, October 1987.
Dance-choreography of the co-production "The Little Samurai" of Circle Ensemble and Maati-Maa Rhytmic- Dance Company of DIES. Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands, November 1987 and the Cultural Centre Purmerend, The Netherlands, November 1987
Dance: The marriage of the Dragon and the Great Mother
12th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Symposium on Shamanism, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, July 1988
Dance: The Transmigration ofthe Golden Triangle.
A dance production choreographed by Ronald-Black Horse-Chavers, and performed by Ronald-Black Horse-Chavers, bis wife Mayumi Chavers-Egawa and his daughters Keiko and Reika.
At the 2nd International Conference of the International Society for Shamanistic Research (ISSR), Budapest, Hungary, July 1993
Dance: The Revival of the Tree Spirit. A Dance Manifestation
Developed, written and choreographed by dr. Ronald Chavers, performed by Ronaid Chavers and the Maati-Maa Rhytmic Dance Company, Utrecht.
Premiere: Festival aan de Werf, Utrecht 5 November 1995, and filmed by the Dutch Television Co Tros.
Prof. Dr. R. Chavers and family dancing in Budapest, Hungary
Research proiects and interviewsPhenomenological Psychology
(original title: Phanomenologische Psychology. Vol. I. Logik und Metagrundlage; Vol 11 Mythology und Gesellschaft; Vol. 111 System und Transformation)
Three Volumes: 1. Logic and Foundation.
2. Mythology and Society.
3. System and Transformation. By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers., 1976, unpublished.
Foundations of a Developmental-Historical method (original title: Traktat einer
Entwicklungsgeschichtliche Methode, "A new Method of Development History").
By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, 1978, unpublished.
Critique of Logical Rationality (original title: Kritik der Logischen Rationaliiát) By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, 1981 Unpublished.
Art, Shamanism and the transformation of Culture. Foundations to a New Science. By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers. Preface by Prof. l.R. Hakemulder, D. Ed., Ph. D., 1986, unpublished.
The African-Egyptian Influence of the Development of Civilization and Cross-Cultural Transformation.
By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers. Preface by Prof. l.R. Hakemulder, D. Ed., Ph. D. 1987, unpublished
The New Science of Semiotics. A Science as Foundational Interdisciplinary Integrative Science.
By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, 1988, unpublished.
Semiotics- A Science of Dialectic.
By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, 1988, unpublished.
The Principles of Logical rationality and Mathematical Philosophy: The Cultural Anthropology and History of Logics and Mathematics in the Light of Science, Sociology, Psychology, Mythology and Rationality. Volume I 11 and 111. By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, 1995-1992, unpublished.
General principles of Logical Rationality and Mathematical Philosophy. A Short Compendium.
By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, 1993, unpublished.
I Genera! Foundation
11 Across-Cultural History of Energetic Methods. ByProf. Dr. R.E. Chavers, 1994-1995, unpublished,
Pattems of Intercultural Expression in Dance, Drama, Art, Poetry and Music By Prof. Dr. R.e. Chavers, 1994-1997, unpublished.
Television Interview with Prof. Donaid M. Griffith; Berlin/Munich, Live Sunday evening September 17- 2000. The subject of discussion was my book" The Afro-Egyptian Method
and the History of Western Philosophy" to be published by the " Africa World Press/ The Red Sea Press" USA.
Seminar and Exhibition on Sunday, June 17th, 2001, Leusden, The Netherlands. Subject: Source of Science and Inovation. Egypt, The Development of lnnovative Skills. By Prof. Dr. R.E. Chavers, in which is demonstrated how ancient methods can be used to approach nowadays problems successfully. Topics: Migrations of African Cultures, ancient problem/solving methods today, sciences, arts, music and dance, new methods of learning and developing.
Some academic background informationThe Transformation Method as developed by me is a reaction to the developments undergone by mankind, cultures and their rationalities, and deals with the question of how to deal with contemporary problems.
Drawing upon a range of disciplines and consultations with numerous scientist, I began a scientific discourse on the connection between genetic habits, physicological inheritance and cultural synbolism and typologies.
In connection with all my studies I have done extensive fieldwork in The US, Mexico, Europe, Afrika, Azia.
1958: Privat lessen with Dr. Basil A. Wheeler; Genetic patterns, general historical studies, tudies in methematical philosophy, natural philosophy (physics, biology, cultural studies, the science of freedom and international studies)
1958: Studies in international trade, economic studies specialized in : Cross-cultural communication, management and international trade on the Henry Georg School of Social Sciences, Newark, New Jersey USA. General studies in development history (biological, social, cultural, psychological)
1958-1960: corresponded with C.G. Jung on cultural symbolisms, archetypes, creative transformation and psychosythesis.
1958-'59: Scientific studies on the Cooper Unions College, New York, USA. Studies in the Natur Philosophy of Abert Scweitzer.
1959: corresponded, through comunication of Dr Homer E. Jack, with Albert Schweitzer on culture, cultural philosophy, natural philosophy, spiritual and physical patterns and their transfonnational possibilities in changing and solving the problems of mankind.
1960: conversations with Prof. Sodhi, Director of the Psychological lnstitute at the FU Berlin at the time.
The discussion between me and Prof. Sodhi concerned the question of developing a methodological study and scientific theory on the development of the "Gestalt" as a further elaboration of the gestalt theory as developed by Köhler and Wertheimer. My ambition was to link the methodological and logical development of Gestalt to a mathematical and logical forming as process and transformation. A process of thinking, imaging, symbolic representation, providing form and realization, with the possibility to test these processes on each individual and to monitor them as a methodological development.
In contrast to Piaget and others, I - just as O. Selz with his thought psychology and K. Lewin with his topological psychology - wanted to establish a link between the genetic and cultural development and the Gestalt-formation in learning psychology as a pattem formation or pattem-constructs. The attention of both Prof. Sodhi and me focused on how to develop a systematic test and development method; a method which is empirical and investigates genetic, social, symbolic, semiotic, spiritual and cultural elements in a systematic manner
Discussions between me and Prof. Sodhi contained a thematization of the traditional concepts and the methodical studies in which the development of "Gestalt", "Symbol", "Sign", "Bild" and "Lebensform" constitutes a methodical improvement, in order that the empirical and rational development of especially children can result in a scientific method also suitable for testing purposes. This called for the 'reforming' (reconstruction - differentiation - construction) of methodology ; a study which I took up as a methodologist. In this context, my studies focussed on Kant's synthetic philosophy, the synthetic-dialectic method by Hegel, Husserl's concept of "Lebenswelt" and the developmental psychology by William James, John Dewey's concept of logic and Cassirer's concept of symbolic forms.
Operating from cultural anthropology and totemistic logic, scholars such as Durkheim, Hall Lévi-Strauss and Cassirer influenced me in this development, which influence is reflected in the logic-structuralist side of the logic process of learing and thinking, the mathematical organisation of these processes and their representation (symbolism, sign and semiotics). In the course of this study, I worked on a thesis "Dialektik als Wissenschaftsbegriff", in which the methodological and logical theoretical basis was established for the further application of this method in the fields of mathematics, philosophy, logical rationality, psychology and natural sciences.
1960-'65: Studies in psychoanalysis at the Institut for PsychoAnalysis in West-Berlin
1960 - 1970: conversations with Dr Reinhard Goll, anthropologist, Institut für Ethnologie, Freie Universität Berlin, on the problem of cultural symbolism, pattems and semiotics, and about the influence of these patterns on the social and natural sciences. These conversations also focused on the following question: is science rooted in culture or is the rationality of the sciences unconnected to cultural patterns, cultural rationality and communication? Answering this question in the positive sense raises the question of how this can be recorded, analyzed and reconstructed, as weIl as how we can integrate this in our daily life, social occurrences and behaviourisms, language, linguistics (poetry, drama, dance, etc.)
1960-'71: Official studies on the Free University of West-Berlin: philosophy, philosophy of science, sociology and history (Germani).
1968 - 1972: conversations with Prof. Dr Hans Nevemlann, professor of comparative ethnology, faculty of philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin, and his colleagues on the Afro-Egyptian influence on the development of various cultures and civilizations in conjunction with art, technology, mathematics and logic - the areas in which I am specialized. Prof. Nevemlann shared my particular interest in the development of various cultures in South, Central and North America - a geographical area in which I have conducted a number of empirical studies (e.g. a study in Mexico into the Olmecan culture, and a study into the development of the Black and Indian cultures in North America).
1971-'72: Various studies in London in various studies of psychotherapy, genetic research, family history, cultural, symbolic and general psychology. By R Laing, David Cooper and Dr Esterson.
1972: Finished my official studies in philosophy, with a dessertation "Dialecties of a Concept of Science".
1973: seminar with Prof. Basil Davidson in London on the Afro-Egyptian influence on the western and oriental civilisations.
1973-'74: Taught group on the Technicsl University in West-Berlin, Germany
1973 - 1974: conversation with Karl Popper on the possibility to investigate dualism and the conflict between formal theory and empirical practice, as weIl as the dilemma of the analytical method. I have noted that the analytical method cannot be transformed separately from the dialectic and synthetic methods, and that all three methods should be defined in such a manner that they do not contradict one another, and that they represent, formalize and systematize empirical reality without being in conflict with it. For Popper, the analytical method remained a critical method and as such was no more than a method of critical conventions. Operating from this point of view, he was unable to refute my method.
1960-'74: I was involved in guiding various students and university proffesionals from different subjects, in problems and methods. West-Berlin, Germani.
1978: Taught a course in American Indian philosphy at the state University Utrecht, The Netherlands.
1978 until present: Set up and directed a interdisiplinary, intercultural training and research institute; Dies-Cominity for Development History, Utrecht, The Nethelands.
Taught subject like group dynamic, modern and expressive dance, the methodology of art, theater and music. And guided students in anthropological studies to countries like Mexico, south Western America, Japan, Indonesia, England, France and Holland.
Various exchanges in the area of the meaning of semiotics as a transformational method for pedagogics, physics, psychology, cultural anthropology and genetic engineering
1982: correspondence with Fritjof Capra, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California. In conjunction with Capra's attempt to develop an alternative programme tor the systematization of the sciences, entered into a discussion with Capra in order to find an alternative in the mathematics, logic and mathematical, structural and empirical organisation, which concerns the systematization and system of physical matter, and which provides a theoretical, mathematical and logical answer to the real problems.of the sciences, especialy psysics.
1987: various exchanges'with Prof. Dr Josselin de Jong, Emeritus Professor of the Subfaculty Cultural Anthropology, State University of Leiden, on the subject of structuralism.
1987: discussion with Prof. Edward T. Hall on intercultural problems in management and intercultural communication within a multicultural society, and about the question: is it possible to develop an intercultural method for the solving of pedagogic, symbolic, communicative and transformational questions.
Conversations and correspondence following my contribution to a systematization of semiotic studies, and the connection between:
- semiotics and logic, mathematics and mathematical modelling
- semiotics and literature, art, martial arts, dance, drama and music
- semiotics and how to represent characters
and my specialization in reflecting these themes and aspects from a cross-cultural and comparative point of view:
1980/1981: study and research trips to Japan:
discussions with Prof. M. Yamaguchi, Ph.D., lnstitute for Asian and African Languages and Cultures, Foreign Language University, Tokyo, Japan, in connection with fmancial provisions for me for giving methodology seminars in Japan.
Discussions with Prof. Y. Suzuki, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, Waseda University, Tokyo about the relationship between poetry, literature, logical (structural) and mathematical organization and its influence on cultural and totemistic logical organization. Seen in this context, rhetoric, metaphor and hieroglyphs, pictures of Japanese or Chinese characters or figures have the tendency of actualizing certain historical, social and cultural patterns. What is the role of Shamanism, Buddhism and Shintoism in Japanese literature, poetry, mythology, study of religions, dance, drama and creative expression. These talks were held in the Haiku lnstitute in Tokyo, Japan, with the director of the institute, Mr. Kusama, Prof. Suzuki and Prof. T. Hoshino, Professor of English Literature of Waseda University, Tokyo.
Lecture "Poetry as Cultural Transfonnation", held at the Doshysha University, Kyoto, Japan, 1981.
1981: conversations with Prof. A. Nakagawa, professor of English Literature at the Nagoya University, Japan on poetry and cultural symbolism, logical structuralism en mathematical organization. Prof. Nakagawa based his mathematicallogic on a logical formalism based on the three-verse theory.
1981: conversations with Prof. Hitachi, Director of the lnstitute for Japanese Antiquity, Sapporo University, Hokkaido, Japan, specialized in the study of ancient cultures and megalithic aspects and their influence on Japanese culture Discussions on the possibility to conduct a comparative study into the various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, in order to determine how various cultures have influenced one another and have developed in their logical and mathematical pattems.
1981 - 1992: conversations and correspondence with Prof. Kurodat, Social Anthropologist, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan on the connection between totemistic logic, cultural symbolism and logical patterns in conjunction with the intercultural exchange of these patterns: cultural and intercultural diffusion of e.g. patterns, composition theory, fashion, design, models, symbols, visual arts, architecture, etc.
Since 1981 conversations with Prof. Hosoi, Professor of Artifical Intelligence, Tokyo, Japan, about the cultural-anthropological aspects of logical rationality and mathematical reason. How can pure mathematics and logical formalism be reformed and take on a more dynamic, rational, empirical and social role? Does mathematical and logical thinking have a cultural, rational, empirical, mythical (what Cassirer and Lévi-Strauss call the totemistic aspect), contextual and historical side? And if so, how do we characterize, formalize, rationalize and systematize this science (if this can be done)? See also the conversation with Prof. Sodhi. Over the years, we, Prof. Hosoi and myself have exchanged papers and articles about the various aspects we have dealt with concerning these subjects.
1989: made a contribution to the 4th International Conference of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. Title of the contribution: "A New Science of Semiotics", in Perpignan, France.
Paper accepted for publication in conference proceedings. Contact with Dr Janice Deledalle-Rhodes, Docteur čs Lettres, Institut de Recherche en Sémiotique, Cornrnunication et Education, Université de Perpignan, English editor of proceedings and with Prof. Gérard Deledalle, General Editor of proceedings and General Secretary of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, c/o Université de Perpignan, France.
Published in: Signs of Humanity/L'homme-et ses signes. Vol. J. Ed. by Michel Balat and Janice Deledalle-Rhodes. General Editor: Gérard Deledalle. Berlin etc., Mouton de Gruyter, 1992, p. 35 - 41. (Approaches to Semiotics; 107)
1990: discussions in Utrecht with Mr H. Utano, Rare Books Librarian and Prof. Y. Honda, Linguist, both at the National Institute of Japanese Literature, Tokyo, Japan, on the connection between cultural rationality, logical structuralism, semiotic sign systems and mathematical organization and their role in social action and in literary, dramatic and linguistic transformations. Does literature respond to and reflect this process? How do we reflect, reconstruct, formalize and systematize this process? Can we culturally and
rationally learn from each other's cultural rationalities and expertises? ,Now Prof. Of Japanese Liturature (Utano) at the University of Kyoto
Lecture held at the 1990 Principles Congress of the William James Foundation titled: 'Contemporary Approaches to Subjectivity'; Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August, 13-17, 1990. Published by DIES-Coop. Publishers, Utrecht, 1990 as "William James and the Future of Science and Philosophy". ISBN 90-70387-07-7.
Contribution to a historical method of methodology, semiotics and symbolic studies:
Since 1983: correspondence, conversation and scientific exchange programmes with Prof.Dr. M. Hoppál, Cultural Anthropologist, Senior Research Fellow, Ethnographic Institute, Hungarian Acade of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary on semiotic, cultural signs and mathematical, genetic, cultural patterns and pattern- constructs.
1987: scientific exchange on the question of a possible dialectic between shamanistic and scientific research, titled "Trance and Ecstasy in the Light of the Modem Time"; with Prof. Felicitas D. Goodman, cultural anthropologist and director of the Cuyamungue Institute, Columbus, Ohio and Santa Fé, New Mexico, Dr. K. Husemann, psycho-analyst, Dr. U. Husemann-Kelleár, psycho- analyst and psychotherapist, Düsseldorf, Germany, Dr. J. de Jong, psychiatrist, Prof. J.R. Hakemulder, pedagogue, director of the Intercultural Open University (IOU), Opeinde, the Netherlands, Prof. P.E. de Josselin de Jong, cultural anthropologist, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, Dr. W.E.A. van Beek, anthropologist, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands and J. Vroemen, cultural anthropologist, School forT Journalism, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Contribution to the 12th International Congress of Antropological and Ethnological Sciences; Zagreb, Yugolslavia, July 1988 titled: "Trance, Social Transformation and Ecstatic Practices". Published in "Shamanism: Past and Present"; ed. By Prof. Dr. M. Hoppál and Prof. Dr. O.J. Sadovsky. Budapest and Los Angeles/Fullerton, ISTOR Books, 1989.
1988 - 1989: conversations and correspondence with Prof. Xiao Jiacheng of the
lnstitute of Nationality Studies, Chinese Acade of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, on cultural and symbolic studies as regards the development of the various cultural patterns; also exchange of literature on these subjects.
Lecture "The Transformation of the Symbol. A Study of Ritual Dance" held at the International Conference on Shamanism titled 'Regional Aspect of Shamanism', organized by the International Society for Shamanic Research and the Institute of Folklore Studies, Kyung Ree University, July 1991, Seoul, South Korea
Interview with Mr Tsumura, Kobe Japan, during the ISSR-conference in Seoul, published in the newsletter Miyaku Miyaku (No. 43, 10.8.1991) of the Kansai- Kiko Society, Kobe, Japan.
Lecture "Dance as Life Drama" held at the 2nd Conference of the International Society for Shamanic Research titled 'Shamanism and Performing Arts', July 1993, Budapest, Hungary.
Scientific discourse on Egyptian/ African science and methodology and the importance of placing mathematical-logical forms of 'Erkenntnis' in a broader historical, cultural and sociological context:
1985: scientific exchange with Prof. Jürgen Klüver, mathematician, Prof. of didactics of natural sciences, Gesamthochschule Essen, Germany, author of the book titled "Operationalismus".
Reference of Prof. Klüver to research project "The Principles of Mathematics and Logic in Transformation".
1986: Contribution to the 4th World Congress of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (W ADP), Hochschule der Künste, West Berlin. Title of lecture: Creativity, Mathematical Logic and Cultural Transformation.
1985: correspondence with Prof. Cheikh Anta Diop, historian, physicist, philosopher, Former Director of IFAN, Dakar, Senegal the Afro-Egyptian influence in conjunction with mathematics, scientific theory, architecture, art, technology and on the intercultural and interdisciplinary aspects of the diffusion of cultures. A study trip by me was planned in cooperation with Prof. Diop. The latter agreed to support and introduce a number of research projects conducted by me. This was shortly before the sudden death of Prof. Diop, which hindered also eventual contacts I intended to make with several West- African universities.
Since 1987: affiliated as a professor to the Intercultural Open University, communications and cooperation with Prof. Hakemulder, Director IOU, Prof. van Zantwijk, Prof. of Business Administration and director of the Institute of Economic Sciences (lEW), Bilthoven, the Netherlands, Prof. Voshinin, famous mathematician, Russian Department of IOU, Moscow, member of the League of International Universities, International Council of Innovation in Higher Education, an official UNESCO non-government organization.
1988-1989: scientific exchanges with Prof. Hakemulder, Prof. Dupré, W. H. Dubbeling, MA, Dr. R. Jayagopal, Prof. and Head of the Dep. of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Madras, South India, in Opeinde, the Netherlands.
recommendationA letter of recommendation for the support of my book: The Development of the Afro-Egyptian method and the History of Western Philosophy.
To whom it may concern
With the highest esteem and consideration I would like to ask your attention for the following background information in appraisal of Prof dr. R.E. Chavers and his work.
From the Curriculum Vitae and other information about the person and academic status of Prof.
Chavers I would highlight a few points based on personal observation and experience over the last 17 years.
Prof. Chavers is a friendly and high-level scholar who in fact is a bridge between cultures. From his parents he brings the heridital Afro-American and American lndian influences. He combined study and educational experiences in the United States. In his studies one can find his early interest in cross-cultural and inter-religious aspects. At the age of around 30 years he 'bridged' the Atlantic Ocean by continuing his studies at the famous Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.
He always tried as much as possible to combine his studies with offering the results of his studies to various individuals and groups of the community. More and more Prof. Chavers included psychotherapy in his field of interest, e.g. by studying in London under guidance of famous scholars such as Drs. Cooper, Esterton and Laing.
It is surprising that Prof Chavers also is a bridge between science and art is shown in a cultural dance performances together with his Japanese wife Mayumi.
The education and training of Prof. Chavers, his action-oriented programmes and projects, and his qualities as a person paved the way to be appointed as a professor of symbolic and cultural studies of the Intercultural Open University (IOU), registered in The Netherlands. IOU can be called a 'multiversity' because it has departments, affiliations and research institutes in many parts of the world. One point of the IOU philosophy can be summarised in the metaphor: the Global Silk Road, the East- West relations. The idea is to study and make use of the contributions of cultures of the so-called Far East (China and Japan), the East (India and surrounding countries), the Middle East (Arab States and Egypt) and the
West (Europe and Arnerica). In this relation also the contributions of the African cultures are related in the North-South dialogue. (attached: IOU at a qlance)
As an example of the importance of Prof. Chavers scientific publications, would like to mention bis "Energetic Medicine, General Foundations and A Cross-Cultural History of Energetic Methods. This work is of importance for the various IOU Departments for rntegrated Medicine in various places in Asia and Europe.
Over the last decade I was in a position to observe his qualities as an educator in counselling a number of students of our university. Students were impressed by his knowledge and experience.
But above all they were pleased by the methodological guidance they received from him in the writing of theses and dissertations. The results of students guided by him were of top quality.
Furthermore, I had the pleasure to read many of his very valuable and scientific high level publications, books as well as articles. Several of these publications were advised to individual students and also to overseas rou related institutions and affiliations.
Also the manuscript: "The Development of the Afro-Egyptian Method and the History of Western Philosophy" by Prof. Dr. R. E. Chavers" has been read and evaluated by me. I was impressed, reason to ask my wife 'Dr. Fay' as she is known at home, but also in Asian and African countries.
As a cultural anthropologist herself, she also had a high opinion of the work. We even have the conviction that this publication has to he part of the recommended publications for various academic subjects IOU is offering
The Chancellor of the IOU, a university trained psychologist and educationist with long time experience in The Netherlands but even longer in overseas countries part of it in service of United Nations Specialized Agencies such as Unesco, Unicef and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and The Vice Chancellor of the IOU, educator and anthropologist with long-time experience in Africa and Asia, was nominated as Assistant Director Culture of Unesco but after ample thoughts preferred to continue her work for IOU, lately appointed as global Ambassador.of the International Association of Educators for World Peace .
I would like to summarise as their opinion that in general for many people in the world and in particular for the acadernic staff and students of 10U in particular it would of great irnportance that the above rnentioned work will he published the soonest possible.
Prof Dr R. Hakemulder, D. Ed., Psy. D, Ph.D.
Dr. Fay A.C. Hakemulder, M/Ed., Ph.D. Anthr.
Actual seminars and trainings: Traning Belief System Awareness
Painted by Dr. R. Chavers
Typology of Belief Systems:
Archaic Belief Systems
Matriarchal Belief Systems
Patriarchal Belief Systems
Religious Belief Systems (Priesthood)
Power Belief Systems (Ideologies)
Natural Belief Systems (Shamanism, Archaic, Hieroglyphic Method, Renaissance Method, Bacon, Hume's Naturalism, Pragmatism, etc)
Naturalism, Pragmatism, etc.)
Metaphysical Belief Systems
Philosophic Belief Systems
Scientific Belief Systems
Social Belief Systems
Philosophic Belief Systems (Idealism, Realism, Dualism, Humanism, Dogmatism, Rationalism, Scepticism, Empiricism, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Positivism, Pragmatism, etc.)
Cultural Belief Systems
Open versus Closed Belief Systems.
The method I (Black Horse Chavers) am dealing with in this connection, is called Paedalogic, and is totally different for example from Vygotsky's Pedalogy which stands for the Science of the Child. On the contrary, it is a general, universal but also pragmatic, Rational and Transformative, historical processual method, which deals with all kinds of empirical systems in order to study, learn, teach, research, test and experience their actual origins, meanings (etymological, rational, empirical-pragmatic, developmental, etc.), behaviorisms, etc.. And this by means of Reconstruction, Construction and Transformation of the Same.