Fourth International Conference "SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST – 2016"

    Prof. K. V. Gowda Memorial Auditorium, Bangalore University


    August 26, 2016 – August 27, 2016


Organized by:

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Institute

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Institute

 

Bangalore University

Department of Life Sciences

Bangalore University

 

Message From the Conference Chair

Science is the body of Man's knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world derived by following a systematic methodology based on evidence. As a body of knowledge, it exists, but not as a mechanical body that can be analyzed in terms of physics and chemistry. Rather, physics and chemistry are subsets of Scientific knowledge that are products of Science. In turn, Science is the product of the rational activity of Scientists. It is the peculiar perversion of modern materialistic science to think they can invert this natural sequence.

But the enthusiasm to explain biological life in terms of physics and chemistry has led mechanistic science to a threshold, beyond which it has not been able to cross. The phenomenon of life has proven itself to be inaccessible to mere physical and chemical scientific explanation, despite the most strenuous efforts of thousands of scientists worldwide.

Twenty-first century biology has revealed a level of detail and complexity of even the most simple biological organisms that was unavailable and unimaginable to scientists even a few decades ago. They are now faced with evidence that suggests that all living organisms appear to exhibit an essentially sentient nature of regulation, manipulation and control even at the cellular level. This has given rise to the new field of cognitive biology.

This may be an unexpected surprise to mechanistic science, but mankind has always understood that the difference between life and non-life is sentience. It is one of the chief shortcomings of mechanistic science that it has attempted to explain everything in the universe except sentient phenomena such as life, mind and intelligence. Even the most ancient science of Samkhya did not avoid incorporating such obvious features of Nature within its system.

The natural progress of science has led to the need to broaden its scope to include such features that all rational people know are part of their reality. The work of our Institutes is to encourage this type of scientific research for the benefit of Mankind, and to follow the evidence wherever it may lead.



On August 26 and 27, 2016, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India in collaboration with Department of Life Sciences, Bangalore University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India are organizing a two-days Fourth International Conference “Is Science able to explain the Scientist? (Science and Scientist – 2016)”. The molecular paradigm (‘Material origin of life – Abiogenesis’ along with ‘Darwinian evolution’) was the dominate guiding vision of 20th century biology and most biologists carried out their research work based on this perspective, without considering its correctness. Following this approach, scientists have made several attempts to deny the living organism of its veracity as an immortal soul, in favor of genes, molecules, atoms and so on. In the recent past, however, the realization has arisen that cognitive nature of life at all levels has begun presenting significant challenges to the views of materialism in biology and has created a more receptive environment for the soul hypothesis. Therefore, instead of adjudicating different aprioristic claims, the development of an authentic theory of biology needs both proper scientific knowledge and the appropriate tools of philosophical analysis of life. Science and Scientist annual conference series highlights the uniqueness of biological systems that offers a considerable challenge to the mainstream materialism in biology and proposes the Vedāntic philosophical view of "Organic Whole" as a viable alternative for development of a biological theory worthy of life.

SUGGESTED THEMES

Science of Spiritual Biology

  1. Embryology, Developmental Biology and Consciousness
  2. Plant Sentience
  3. Cellular Cognition
  4. Cognitive Biology
  5. Self-Determination and Freewill
  6. Body, Mind and Consciousness
  7. Bioinformatics and Consciousness
  8. Evolution, Laws of Biological Form and Cognition
  9. Understanding Biodiversity from 21st Century Biology
  10. Systems Biology and Consciousness
  11. Origin of Life
  12. Soul Hypothesis
  13. Vedantic View of 'Life and Its Origin'

Scientific Critique of Science

  1. Logic of Life
  2. Difference Between Organism and Machine
  3. Debunking Darwinism
  4. Failure of Genetic Determinism - Life Beyond Genes
  5. Failure of Biologism or Biological Determinism
  6. Lessons from Hard and Easy Problems of Consciousness
  7. Was Cognition there Before the Big Bang?
  8. Objective vs. Subjective Evolution
  9. Why Biology is Beyond Physical Sciences?
  10. The Chronology of Geological Column: An Incomplete Tool to Search Georesources



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