- Bhaktivedanta Institute
Through its distinctive research and degree programs, the Bhaktivedanta Institute (B.I.) is in the forefront of the newly emerging scientific field of Consciousness Studies. In 1990, the Institute conducted in San Francisco, the First International Conference on the Study of Consciousness Within Science, in which fourteen major research scientists including three Nobel Laureates presented papers. The Institute has, since then, conducted, the world's only and longest running colloquium on science and consciousness in the Bay Area. The Institute has also pursued its own research initiative within the new field of consciousness studies. As a logical culmination of these activities, the Bhaktivedanta Institute started in 1997 the world's first (and so far the only) full-fledged graduate degree (M.S./Ph.D.) program in "Consciousness Studies", in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, one of India's foremost technological universities.
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Curie Transdisciplinary Cybersymposium
A transdisciplinary site concerned with the first century of the impact of the work of Pierre and Marie Curie on human knowledge, society and philosophy
Synergy and coherence in Biological Systems
A transdisciplinary cybersymposium concerned with the concepts of hierarchy, synergy and coherence in systems, with special reference to biological systems
Karl Jaspers Forum
An interdisciplinary electronic journal for target articles, for authors who wish to discuss their work after posting
Curt Deckert's Eye Design Book
EYE DESIGN Importance of eyes - How and why we see By Curt Deckert, PhD
Eye Design Book
A discussion of all types of eyes leading to our unique creator. The site includes useful technical information and links to many sites.
Nothingness Theory is a set of connecting principles linking the evolution of the universe to human thought and consciousness.
History and Science of Science - Thomas Kuhn
Kuhn says that a paradigm represents a base of existing knowledge whose fundamentals are not questioned but is sufficiently open-ended that normal research can still be carried out. A paradigm defines a scientific community at ease with itself and the paradigm can be thought of as a pyramid of knowledge, methods, ways of thinking in which 'Normal Science' can be carried out. Hence Kuhn says of 'Normal Science' that it "is predicated on the assumption that the scientific community knows what the world is like". This state of affairs continues and is fine until an anomaly (a contra-indication to the dominant scientific theory) occurs or is discovered. Kuhn refers to this state within Science as a "Scientific Revolution" or the beginnings of a paradigm-shift in which the old and new theorists fight to displace each other's theory. For those scientists defending their old position (theory) this is a time of enormous change, doubt and uncertainty, for many it is truly 'earth-shattering'. Eventually, the new science replaces the old science. The new science then becomes 'institutionalised' i.e.it reaches the "Mature Science" stage and eventually attains the status of a theory. When this stage is reached, the focus of research turns inwards within the confines of that particular theory. This new paradigm reigns supreme until yet again, another anomaly challenges the supremacy of the existing paradigm. In this way, Kuhn argues, Science progresses. The 'Normal Science' stage has powerful implications for the shaping, defining and moulding the research agenda for those caught up in its logic.
Questioning the value of developments in communications and computing, available in four languages.
Ernst Kapp - Philosophy of Technology
This site contains a brief summary of an analysis of Kapp's Grundlinien einer Philosophie der Technik (1877), together with biographical en bibliographical data.
Why Not Science Critics?
A paper by Don Ihde.
Technological Determinism and Social Choice
The aim of this page is to explore in greater depth the controversy as to how far technology does, or does not, condition social change.
Professor Latour's Philosophical Mystifications
An article by Alan Sokal.
An online journal devoted to perspectives on technology. Also includes technology discussion forum and resources area.