Post-Graduate Certificate Course at Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Mind, Thinking & Creativity
November 6-9, 2017
Mind is humanity's highest developed instrument for seeking knowledge. It is the master tool that we use to comprehend the present, remember the past, and anticipate and plan for the future. From the act of striking two flints together to create fire to combining strings of 1s and 0s to design the code for supercomputers, mind has enabled humanity to create remarkable technologies and organized global institutions. The mind is the unifying foundation on which humanity’s entire social evolution is based. To understand this vital instrument better, the World Academy of Art & Science and World University Consortium have launched a ground-breaking project to explore Mind, Thinking and Creativity. A greater understanding of the nature of mind, its ways of knowing, the limits to thinking and rationality, mind's untapped potential, the workings of creativity and genius are essential for addressing the challenges confronting humanity today.
In April 2016 WAAS and WUC, along with partnering organizations IACP, IUC, DHUC, and MSS organized a four-day roundtable on Mind, Thinking and Creativity 2016 at Dubrovnik, Croatia for to explore fundamental questions. The meeting was attended by experts from different fields of natural and social science, including medicine, neuroscience, engineering, psychology, sociology, economics, law, and philosophy. Video recordings, presentations and papers for the roundtable are available here.
The enthusiastic interest generated by the Dubrovnik meeting spurred efforts of WAAS and the World University Consortium to commence work on a on-line course on this subject which is now underway. A report on last year's meeting including videos and presentations was included in the Academy's July 2016 newsletter.
Roundtable 2 -- November 2017 at Dubrovnik
The high level of energy and interest generated by the first roundtable meeting prompted the decision to conduct a second roundtable at Dubrovnik on November 6-8, 2017. This meeting will not be a repeat of last year. Rather the objective is to build on the insights of the earlier meeting and make the inquiry wider and deeper. The format is designed to be highly interactive, spontaneous and fruitful of creative thinking.
The objective of the second roundtable is to explore different ways of thinking in both theory and practice, to assess the strengths and limitations of each when applied to specific situations, to identify the common mental habits and tendencies that limit original thinking and creativity, to bring to the surface implicit assumptions underlying conceptual systems which often limit openness to new insights or alternative perspectives, to explore the limitations imposed by social constructions of knowledge, and related issues.
The program will be divided into ten 90 minute sessions, each on a different subject. Each session will begin with the presentation of a case study of an intellectual problem and an examination of how the problem has been either solved or not solved. The presentation will be followed by open discussion about the lessons and insights that can be drawn regarding factors that limit and enhance creativity and original thinking. The cases will cover a variety of disciplines, e.g. physics, technology, economics, law, business, psychology, philosophy, education and literature to draw on the experience of a diverse group of participants. The meeting is designed so that all participants can actively contribute in all the sessions.
One premise for this meeting is that modern education today focuses almost exclusively on utilizing the mind's faculties with relatively little attention to understanding the strengths and limitations of those faculties and how they can be more fully developed and more effectively utilized.
The issues discussed in Dubrovnik are directly relevant to the kind of changes needed in higher education so we hope to project insights from the in-depth discussion on mind and thinking at the Second International Conference on Future Education at Rome on November 16-18, 2017.
As before the proceedings will be recorded and broadcast live on-line as well as hosted on our websites for free access later.
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