XI. Science

Science & Spirituality

In 1992 the Society embarked on an examination of the common assumptions underlying the physical and social sciences in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s thought. Discussions were conducted with two Nobel laureates in Physics and other internationally distinguished scientists in India, Sweden, Italy, Russia and USA on methods to bring about this breakthrough and reconciliation of scientific and spiritual knowledge.

In 2003, the Society launched a research project to re-examine of the basic principles underlying modern science in the light of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo, including a review of current thinking in nuclear physics, cosmology, biology and systems theory to identify the underlying mental framework and implicit assumptions about the process of creation in the universe and to compare it with the process described by Sri Aurobindo.

Future of Science

In October, 1994, the Society co-organized a special session on the Future of Science at the General Assembly of the World Academy of Art & Science in Minneapolis, USA.

Human Science

The division of fields of knowledge into innumerable disciplines and sub disciplines has resulted in an extreme fragmentation of knowledge that prevents formulation of common underlying principles and processes. It has also fostered a growing abstraction and separation between knowledge and human beings. In 2007, MSS launched a new collaborative project entitled Human Science wiki (www.humanscience.info) in an attempt to identify common underlying processes and principles unifying the various fields of social sciences and humanities. Human Science is based on the premise that there is one fundamental science of humanity that transcends and unifies all the fields of social science and humanities. The same universal principles, processes and patterns govern and underlie human activity in different fields. The same principles and processes govern behavior and events at the level of the individual, family, organization, community, nation and the global community. It conceives of political, economic, social and historical phenomena as expressions of individual and social psychology, rather than self-existent fields governed by impersonal laws independent of human beings. The site now includes 1000 principles of development, approximately 300 articles and 2864 pages of content. It is divided into 12 portals such as Development, Management, Personality, Spirituality, Personal Accomplishment, Literature, Science & Technology and Health. It also contains 12 special application projects such as Employment, Values, Pride & Prejudice, Theory of Money, Life in Cinema and The Secret. Twenty-one registered users are contributing to the site. The site now receives more than 10,000 visitors monthly.

Limits to Rationality

In 2011, MSS, in collaboration with the World Academy, launched a project to examine a range of questions regarding the nature of knowledge, thought processes and the limits to rationality as they relate to the quest for knowledge in the physical and social sciences and humanities. An ultimate objective of this project is to catalog characteristic patterns, misconceptions and superstitions regarding the nature of human thought processes and to develop guidelines for promoting original thinking and creativity in the quest for knowledge. A special session on Limits to Rationality was conducted during the major international conference on “Humanities and the contemporary world” by the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts in collaboration with the World Academy of Art & Science at Podgorica, Montenegro in June 2012.