Message from the chairman: 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 and Scientist – 2014 will bring together leading Biologists, Engineers, Scientists and Academicians from around the world. The main goal of this conference is to provide a platform for the academic, scientific and industrial community to cultivate a spirit of genuine scientific inquiry toward Life and Its Origin based on 21st century biology. A secondary goal is to inspire researchers to recognize and understand the scientific validity of the ancient Vedantic wisdom. This conference will provide a new forum for discussion of the ways and means to promote 'Harmony of Science and Religion.'
The organizers welcome submission of manuscripts that meet the conference criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of conference interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be concise and no longer than about 18 manuscript pages. All articles (including 'Reviews') will be peer-reviewed.
Broad themes of the conference are:
# Science of Spiritual Biology
# Scientific Critique of Science
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