Arriving at this part of the planet, in San Francisco, has been a thrill. So characteristic for this place is the spaciousness it offers to foster the beautiful emergence of all that is cutting-edge. As I am retiring from a long (two-year) field research trip to India, having the Bay Area as a follow-up destination feels meant-to-be. A stable factor throughout my dance of trotting the globe, my mind is focused on a PhD that I am writing as an employee of the Interdisciplinary Center Leo Apostel at Brussels Free University (Belgium). In and through this dissertation, I discuss the topic of...
"Research on climate change can be effective only if it is accompanied by greater integration [....] We need to break down the boundaries between university departments and funding agencies that cater only to broad disciplines, such as 'sciences' or 'arts'. Integrated science at the international level is certainly the way to go. This is urgent: the planet calls for action now." -Paulo Artaxo
Adam Robbert over at Knowledge Ecology (an excellent Integrally relevant blog, BTW) posted the following regarding collaboration in...
Re-posted from Adam Robert over at Knowledge Ecology (a highly recommended blog):
A great article HERE. The article argues for a distinction to be made between practices of science and practices of philosophy. It may seem a rather pedestrian comment to state that philosophy is not science, though in today’s intellectual landscape the trend in philosophy towards scientism — of more or less seeing...
Edgar Morin is a leading French philosopher who has authored over 40 books and in the process has produced a body of work that is profoundly integrative. Morin’s approach is often called “Complex Thought,” which refers to his ongoing inquiry and exploration of a method of inquiry that is multifaceted enough to not reduce reality, but rather honor and engage its complexity. He is also a founding figure in the context of transdisciplinarity.
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Roy Bhaskar is a leading British philosopher who has authored or edited over 30 books and in the process has produced Critical Realism, a robust philosophical system. Critical Realism has a large secondary literature built around Bhaskar’s corpus, with several book series published by Routledge Press. Critical Realism is known for its powerful critiques of both modern positivist science and postmodern sociology. There is an emphasis on ontology and the emancipatory potential of scientific inquiry.
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