inspired people

[note: This list is used to give presentations on inspired people]

M.C. Escher

Johann Sebastian Bach

    • play music from the Bach playlist
    • Quotes:
      • “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.” – J.S. Bach
      • “The aim and final end of all music should be none other then the Glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – J.S. Bach
      • “Bach's harmony consists in this melodic interweaving of independent melodies, so perfect in their union that each part seems to constitute the true melody. Herein Bach excels all the composers in the world. At least, I have found no one to equal him in music known to me.” J. Forkel (Bach's first biographer)
      • “One of the most extraordinary things about history's most extraordinary musician is the fact that this man's music, which exerts such a magnetic attraction for us today, against which we tend to measure much of the achievement in the art of music in the last two centuries, that this music had absolutely no affect on either the musicians or the public of his own day.” - Glenn Gould (pianist)

Nikola Tesla

Dhamma Brothers

    • “Convicted murderer Grady Bankhead described the retreat as, “tougher than his eight years on Death Row.” (wikipedia)
      • course description
        "For the first nine days there will be complete silence among the participants with each other. They should not communicate verbally, nor by notes, gestures or eye contact. Participants may speak to the Teacher for guidance at any time, and to the other meditation course personnel for any material needs."

        "The course requires hard, serious work. There are three steps to the training. The first step is, for the period of the course, to abstain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, speaking falsely, and intoxicants. This simple code of moral conduct serves to calm the mind, which otherwise would be too agitated to perform the task of self-observation. The next step is to develop some mastery over the mind by learning to fix one's attention on the natural reality of the ever changing flow of breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. By the fourth day the mind is calmer and more focused, better able to undertake the practice of Vipassana itself: observing sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity by learning not to react to them. Finally, on the last full day participants learn the meditation of loving kindness or goodwill towards all, in which the purity developed during the course is shared with all beings." - [[|source]]
  • meditation:
    • Samatha (stillness)
    • Vipassanā (insight / knowledge)
      • “Vipassana is one of the most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills”
    • Kriyā (action)
  • The Dhammapada“ book: “The best of ways is the eightfold; the best of truths the four words; the best of virtues passionlessness; the best of men he who has eyes to see.”

Andrei Tarkovsky

  • video: Cinema of the Soul (collage with Bach music)
  • video: Poetic Harmony (introduction) (15 min)
  • cinematic style "Tarkovsky developed a theory of cinema that he called "sculpting in time". By this he meant that the unique characteristic of cinema as a medium was to take our experience of time and alter it. Unedited movie footage transcribes time in real time. By using long takes and few cuts in his films, he aimed to give the viewers a sense of time passing, time lost, and the relationship of one moment in time to another. Up to, and including, his film Mirror, Tarkovsky focused his cinematic works on exploring this theory. After Mirror, he announced that he would focus his work on exploring the dramatic unities proposed by Aristotle: a concentrated action, happening in one place, within the span of a single day." - wikipedia * stream of thoughts in art and psychology * "In a 1962 interview, Tarkovsky argued, "All art, of course, is intellectual, but for me, all the arts, and **cinema even more so, must above all be emotional and act upon the heart.**" His films are **characterized by metaphysical themes, extremely long takes, and images often considered by critics to be of exceptional beauty.**" - wikipedia * "Several people involved in the film production, including Tarkovsky, died from causes that some crew members attributed to the film's long shooting schedule in toxic locations. Sound designer Vladimir Sharun recalled: We were shooting near Tallinn in the area around the small river Jägala with a half-functioning hydroelectric station. Up the river was a chemical plant and it poured out poisonous liquids downstream. (...) Tarkovsky died from cancer of the right bronchial tube. And Tolya Solonitsyn too. That it was all connected to the location shooting for Stalker became clear to me when Larisa Tarkovskaya died from the same illness in Paris.

Ancient Greeks

  • Major influence on: arts (architecture, music theory, literature, sculpting, pottery), language-alphabet, philosophy, mathematics, civics (governement), healthcare, military tactics


  • Aristotle (384-322 BC)
    • video: intro
      • “Aristotle was the original Renaissance Man - long before the Renaissance. He wrote about biology, ethics, logic, physics, rhetoric, politics, and countless other subjects. In sum, Aristotle’s work comprised the first systematic form of Western Philosophy. Aristotle is also considered the first genuine scientist in history.”
    • video: more intro


Pythagoreanism, Cynics, Epicureans, Stoics




  • Greece was the first civilization to use an alphabet. It was developed after the Dark Ages and consisted of 24 letters. Believe it or not, the word “alphabet” originates from the first 2 letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha and beta. Today many letters of our modern alphabet originate from the Greek alphabet, including letters such as A, B, E, and O.*
  • “The Roman alphabet, nearly identical to the one we employ but limited at the time to block capitals, resulted from the modification of a Greek variant sometimes known as the Euboean or Western Greek alphabet.” *
  • “Cyril and Methodius created the Cyrillic alphabet in 862 AD, fist in Bulgaria, and then it spread in Russia, Serbia, and other countries. The cyrrilic alphabet is based on the Greek but they have added 9 more letters, which we do not have in the Greek language. The Greek Alphabet has only 24 letters.” *
  • “The Oxford Companion to the English Language states that the 'influence of classical Greek on English has been largely indirect, through Latin and French, and largely lexical and conceptual…'. According to one estimate, more than 150,000 words of English are derived from Greek words. These include technical and scientific terms but also more common words like those above. Words that starts with 'ph-' are usually of Greek origin, for example: philosophy, physical, photo, phrase, philanthropy. Many English words are formed of parts of words (morphemes) that originate from the Greek language (phobia, micro, demos, …).” - *


  • “The first library in the world, the Library of Alexandria, was actually built in Egypt. During this time, Egypt was colonized by the Greeks after it had submitted to Alexander’s rule. The Macedonians started spreading the Greek way of life to all of the conquered lands, including Egypt. After Alexander’s death, there was a power struggle. Eventually, the Kingdom of Egypt came under the rule of Alexander’s general, Ptolemy (not the scientist Claudius Ptolemy!).” - *


  • Homer works: …
    • “From antiquity until the present day, the influence of the Homeric epics on Western civilization has been great, inspiring many of its most famous works of literature, music, art and film. The Homeric epics were the greatest influence on ancient Greek culture and education; to Plato, Homer was simply the one who ”has taught Greece” - wikipedia



drama theater



  • “The Greeks created the world’s first democracy. Athens first started out with a monarchy and then advanced to an oligarchy until it finally reached a democracy. The democratic government consisted of 6,000 assembly members, all of whom were adult male citizens. The assembly voted on issues throughout Athens. In order for a law to pass, the number of votes needed to be a majority. But in order to banish or exile someone, all 6,000 votes were needed.” - *
  • video: intro

civil engineering

  • worlds first flush toilets? Yes
  • worlds first stone roads? Almost (“Notably, in about 2000 BC, the Minoans built a 50 km paved road…”)
  • worlds first cities? Not quite, but the Polis (“city state”) was quite modern.


  • “The Olympic Games started in ancient Greece. The participants were the city-states of Ancient Greece and its colonies. The Olympic Games were held every 4 years in honor of Zeus, the king god. The prizes for winning were fame and glory, along with having statues of the winners erected and sometimes even putting the winners' faces on coins. Today we still celebrate the Olympic Games and still continue some of the old traditions, such as the olive leaf crowns and the opening and closing celebrations.” *



De Oerakker van Ruurd Walrecht & Co

“In Wildness is the preservation of the World.” - Henry Thoreau
  • intro:
    • insecten en planten soorten teloorgang
    • EU oer-zaad handelsverbod *
    • wat heeft een mens eigenlijk nodig? (water, voeding, huis, relaties, natuur?, …)
  • ruurd_walrecht.jpg “Ruurd Walrecht is an amateur gardener of Dutch origin, moved to Sweden where he has adapted to the local climate many varieties, including Dutch ones. But he is more than just a vegetable gardener as he has been interested in saving old varieties since 1960 and has also created a foundation in 1965 in Holland - De Oerakker - to save those old varieties.”
  • “In 1995 richtte Ruurd Walrecht Stichting De Oerakker op, met als doel om historische land- en tuinbouwgewassen als levend cultureel erfgoed te behouden.”
  • video: Eternal Mash (53 min), 2009

John Muir

sequoia tree
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Sequoia tree


Hermes Trismegistus

Rudolf Steiner


James Joyce

  • ….

William Shakespeare

William Blake

Hilma af Klint

Peace Pilgrim (Mildred Norman)

Sri Aurobindo

Leonardo da Vinci


Walter Russell

Stanley Kubrick


Hellen Keller

Giordano Bruno

Auguste Rodin

Masanobu Fukuoka

Wilhelm Reich

Buckminster Fuller

Benoit Mandelbrot

John Lennon

Allan Watts

Bruce Lee

John Coltranes

Che Guevarra

Bob Ross

  • (Heijn project)


Kahlil Gibran

Dogon tribe

Kees Verhoef

see also

  • todo: series on the human body by each organ system (video + wikipedia)

* various films / directors 1:

  • Kubrick
  • Kurosawa's 100
  • Tarantino
  • Scorsese
  • Tarkovsky
  • David Lynch
  • Werner Herzog
  • Woody Allen
  • Wes Anderson
  • Luis Buñuel
  • Roger Ebert
  • Susan Sontag
  • Scorsese Foreign Films
  • video: Agnes Martin