Conference: East-West Connections: Grand Challenges in Brain, Cognition and Good Life Research
Venue: Nanyang Executive Centre, Nanyang Technological University
Address: 60 Nanyang View, Singapore 639673
The first ideas for such a program were discussed in the early development of the complexity program. But the first concrete steps towards such a program were taken in the conference “East West Connections” that took place on 15 – 16 September 2014. A second conference on 16 – 17 September 2015 created added momentum.
Since then one of us (BG) has been asked to help establish the program on human cognition mentioned above. BG has also been asked to lead the Human Brain Imaging Centre to be formally opened in October 2016. In the light of this, we wish to continue our series of conferences on Cognition in an East West context and build up international expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience research with advanced neuroimaging techniques.
These developments and the next conference greatly benefit from the close collaboration between the LKC School of Medicine and the Para Limes Institute at NTU. Para Limes is dedicated to exploring complexity beyond the boundaries of disciplines, cultures and institutes. In this spirit, it initiates and executes exploratory projects by teams of world-class scientists, philosophers, artists, policy makers, and men and women of practice. Para Limes has already organised a series of conferences on various interdisciplinary themes, including the ones with the titles “More is different”, “A crude look at the whole”, “Hidden connections” and “Emerging patterns”. In March 2016, the sequence to this series of complexity conferences will be held with the theme “Silent transformations”. Other conferences are being organized around themes such as “The complexity lens”, “East of West, West of East” and “Disrupted balance, society at risk”.
In this spirit, the proposed conference in October 2016 will focus on cultural and cognitive patterns in the East and West, with special regard to those patterns that are determined by our natural-genetic endowments in contrast to those patterns which are influenced by our cultural (“East-West”) influences. And, if possible, a unique flavour should be given during the talks and discussions to “good life” aspects within the above contexts.
Like in our previous conferences, we will not limit the scope of the individual talks, or the discussions by boundaries of disciplines and institutes. In fact, we will go beyond boundaries, break new ground and identify new questions. To make sure such high level, mind broadening discussions happen, we have invited speakers from totally different fields.
Videos & Presentation Slides
Jan Wouter Vasbinder – Welcome Address
Member of Governing Board, Para Limes
Balázs Gulyás – Introduction
Professor of Translational Neuroscience, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
Balázs Gulyás & Jan Wouter Vasbinder – Closing Remarks