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A Vision of Transdisciplinarity: Laying Foundations for a by Frederic Darbellay, Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Francis

By Frederic Darbellay, Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Francis Waldvogel

Through a sequence of unique essays, this booklet unites a global crew of popular researchers and educators round the subject matter of information discussion. Spanning themes from average complexity to neuroscience, from schooling idea to weather swap, from immunology to archaelogy and human migrations, it permits an environment of positive feedback and permits the ambition to construct a brand new starting place for the transdisciplinary approach.

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Changeux makes powerful arguments that the pursuit of objective knowledge and scientific enquiry can provide a force of reconciliation at the world scale level and be a step towards a modern secular humanism. DIALOGUEOFTHENEUROSCIENCES Research in the neurosciences undertaken since 1975 by Jean-Pierre Changeux at the Institut Pasteur have substantially contributed to the enrichment of fundamental knowledge about the relationship between cognitive skills and the molecular and neuronal functions of the human brain.

The Darwinian principle of selection / adaptation also extends from the neural-anatomical and biochemical levels of neural networks to more general psychological and philosophical aspects linked to consciousness and superior cognitive capacities. EURALCORRELATESOFCONSCIOUSNESS The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection / TNGS sheds new light on the complex question of consciousness and its link to human brain activity. It adopts a Darwinian model by identifying the complementary principles of variation and selection in its analysis of the central nervous system.

The brain is deeper than the sea, For, hold them, blue to blue, The one the other will absorb, As sponges, buckets do. The brain is just the weight of God, For, lift them, pound for pound, And they will differ, if they do, As syllable from sound. Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) : Complete Poems, 1924. 2EFERENCES Edelman, G. M. (1987) Neural Darwinism : The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection, Basic Books, New York. Edelman, G. M. (1989) The Remembered Present : A Biological Theory of Consciousness, Basic Books, New York.

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