Fifth International Conference
SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST — 2017

Working Together Toward a Spiritual Science of the Conscious Self

August 18, 2017 — August 19, 2017
Nepal Pragya Pratisthan, Kamaladi - Kathmandu, Nepal
Early registration closes: July 10, 2017;       Paper submissions closes: July 2, 2017
Message From the Conference Chair
Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.

Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.

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.

 

Science of Spiritual Biology

  1. Cognitive Biology
  2. Self-Determination and Freewill
  3. Body, Mind and Consciousness
  4. Understanding Biodiversity from 21st Century Biology
  5. Vedantic View of 'Life and Its Origin'
    Scientific Critique of Life Science
  1. Difference Between Organism and Machine
  2. Failure of Genetic Determinism - Life Beyond Genes
  3. Lessons from Hard and Easy Problems of Consciousness
  4. Objective vs. Subjective Evolution
  5. Why Biology is Beyond Physical Sciences?
Co-Organizers
        
List of Important Speakers - Tentative

Prof. Mark McMenamin
Prof. Mark McMenamin, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA
Dr. Robert M. Wallace
Dr. Robert M. Wallace, Author of Hegel's Philosophy of Reality, Freedom and God (Cambridge University Press)
Prof. S.R. Bhatt
Prof. S.R. Bhatt, Chairman, ICPR, New Delhi, India
Dr. Rakesh K. Mishra
Dr. Rakesh K. Mishra, Director, CCMB, Hyderabad, India
Prof. Jiba Raj Pokharel
Prof. Jiba Raj Pokharel, Vice Chancellor, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Kathmandu, Nepal
Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma
Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, Founder Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, Nepal
Joan Walton, Ph.D.
Joan Walton, Ph.D., York St John University, UK
Prof. Rajani Malla
Prof. Rajani Malla, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Prof. Mohan Kharel
Prof. Mohan Kharel, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay
Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
Prof. Basuthka J. Rao
Prof. Basuthka J. Rao, TIFR, Mumbai, India
Prof. Shankaranarayana Rao
Prof. Shankaranarayana Rao, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
M. V. Jaganadham, Ph.D.
M. V. Jaganadham, Ph.D., CCMB, Hyderabad, India
L. S. Ganesh , Ph.D.
Prof. L. S. Ganesh, IIT-Madras, India
Prof. Sisir Roy
Prof. Sisir Roy, NIAS, Bangalore, India
Prof. D.P. Dash
Prof. D.P. Dash, Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Puri, India
Prof. Mark McMenamin
Prof. Mark McMenamin, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA
Dr. Robert M. Wallace
Dr. Robert M. Wallace, Author of Hegel's Philosophy of Reality, Freedom and God (Cambridge University Press)
Prof. S.R. Bhatt
Prof. S.R. Bhatt, Chairman, ICPR, New Delhi, India
Dr. Rakesh K. Mishra
Dr. Rakesh K. Mishra, Director, CCMB, Hyderabad, India
Prof. Jiba Raj Pokharel
Prof. Jiba Raj Pokharel, Vice Chancellor, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Kathmandu, Nepal
Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma
Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, Founder Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, Nepal
Joan Walton, Ph.D.
Joan Walton, Ph.D., York St John University, UK
Prof. Rajani Malla
Prof. Rajani Malla, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Prof. Mohan Kharel
Prof. Mohan Kharel, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay
Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
Prof. Basuthka J. Rao
Prof. Basuthka J. Rao, TIFR, Mumbai, India
Prof. Shankaranarayana Rao
Prof. Shankaranarayana Rao, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
M. V. Jaganadham, Ph.D.
M. V. Jaganadham, Ph.D., CCMB, Hyderabad, India
L. S. Ganesh , Ph.D.
Prof. L. S. Ganesh, IIT-Madras, India
Prof. Sisir Roy
Prof. Sisir Roy, NIAS, Bangalore, India
Prof. D.P. Dash
Prof. D.P. Dash, Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Puri, India

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