Global Symposium on Dialogue between Science and Humanities to take place in Switzerland
"Consilience", defined by EO Wilson as "the interlocking of causal =
explanation across disciplines", is the starting point for the World
Knowledge Dialogue, a global initiative towards a modern humanism to
bridge the gap between the natural and the human/social sciences. We are delighted to announce that a selected group of personalities holding major positions in the academic, scientific and economic fields will join this first international symposium taking place in the splendid Alpine resort of Crans Montana, Switzerland on September 14-16, 2006.
World class scientists from one scientific culture will put their discoveries into the perspective of the other and set the stage for
transdisciplinary discussions around two main topics: the study of complex systems and the understanding of the migration of modern humans. Keynote speakers who will talk about the relation between
molecular/cellular brain function and human consciousness include:
- Gerald Edelman, Nobel laureate, Professor and Chairman of the =
Department of Neurobiology at The Scripps Research Institute
- Jean-Pierre Changeux, Balzan laureate, Professor & Chairman of the Physiology of Truth and the Human Diversity, Department of Neurosciences at the Pasteur Institute.
A full program and registration information can be found at:
www.wkdialogue.org . The participants will come from all corners of the world. The web site also gives information on:
1) Young scientists (under 42): can get special travel grants to join the discussion
2) Call for abstracts: the authors of case studies that are selected
will get special conditions
Members of the scientific board of the symposium include Werner Arber (University of Basel, Nobel Prize Laureate), Dame Julia Higgins (Imperial College, London, Foreign Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society), and Frank Wilczek (Professor of Physics, MIT, Nobel Prize Laureate).
If you are interested in participating in the World Knowledge Dialogue, please sign up for further updates on the web site www.wkdialogue.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to forward this information to other leading personalities interested in a transdisciplinary science discourse who want to spearhead the World Knowledge Dialogue initiative!
Pascal Marmier & Remo Steinmetz
World Knowledge Dialogue USA
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