Conference on New Age Management
THE UNIVERSAL QUEST FOR WISDOM, SEEKING ANSWERS TO REAL BIG QUESTIONS OF LIFE COSMOS AND HUMANITY
A constructive engagement of science, religion, and the humanities in the pursuit of wisdom operating on the local and global levels, developing projects and programs that address humanity’s most profound questions and challenges. The University should become a movement; which is transformational international, inter-institutional network of scientists, theologians, philosophers, scholars in the humanities, educators, artists, and religious leaders fostering interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interreligious collaboration in pursuit of new insights and a better future. The idea being this being, that no education is complete without grappling with the whole. It is the notion that transdisciplinary approaches are necessary for addressing the biggest questions of life and universe, their meaning and purpose—questions that transcends the boundaries of disciplinary expertise. It is the concept that there must be a synthetic or integral complement to our time-tested analytical and disciplinary practices. Analytic methodologies and the divisions between the various academic departments have resulted in the fragmentation of knowledge and the alienation of one field of study from another. These divisions can hinder our explorations of the most profound questions of life, the universe and humanity—the “really big questions” that transcend the boundaries of any particular disciplinary expertise.
This view of mine aspires to have a transformational impact on the pursuit of knowledge and education. My intent is to increase the possibilities for a more integral, holistic, or synthetic approach to research and learning. I am promoting this wider view as a complement to—and not a replacement for—our academic and intellectual division of labor. The university should be capable enough to provide a forum for discerning just what we know, given that we know so many disciplinarily distinct things, and for discovering new capacities for attaining to wisdom, the ultimate goal of all our educational efforts. The University requires scholars & researchers dedicated to engage themselves in answering real big questions of life, the cosmos and humanity from a variety of scientific, philosophical, and religious perspectives. The transdisciplinary approach aims at providing a powerful complement to (but not a replacement for) our analytic or any methodologies for research—a synthetic or integral approach for regaining a sense of the unity of knowledge. This constructive engagement should always be experimented that are they capable of answering all questions posed by disciplines called science, behavoiural science, philosophy, psychology, sociology religion, and other fields of humane learning on questions that transcend the boundaries of the traditional disciplines. The University as a reservoir of knowledge should integrate the professional societies-related activities, publicity, networking and outreach, media projects, publications, public lectures, public events, guest lecturers, communications, generation of various teaching or non – teaching materials, jointly developed course curricula, modest work-study aid for “next-generation” student leaders, speaker exchanges, translations, websites, special events, and other projects that might otherwise be impossible to carry out. It should also contribute to enhancing this intellectual movement’s solidarity, and incentivize creativity and ongoing efforts. The University should stimulate research into material, human and spiritual realities. They should be capable of getting enough funds, to sponsor conference registration, stay, daily allowances and other costs without forcing a scientist to be a beggar to inform the world that he/ she has done a work to make their life, long, simple, happy and beautiful. The stipends approved for travel etc. shall be permitted via airways, so as save on productive time of researchers, academicians and other scholars. At university should try to pose new questions about ourselves, our communities, our universe, and our religious beliefs; produce and disseminate rigorous research in a variety of peer-reviewed print and electronic media, as well as in other forms of communication, to the widest possible audience.
Universal Quest for Wisdom
The University should focus on university-wide engagement; attract others from the university community to the working group; spur research in new programmatic directions; promote an expertise that spans the disciplines involved; generate new research groups and programs, resulting in a flow of additional transdisciplinary activities; and attract media attention and support from external resources.
It should further seek to promote the development of an international collaborative network of academicians, researchers and scholars, and their sponsoring institutions to further broaden and diversify the participants’ experience. It should aim at revitalization of higher education by reintroducing the concept of renaissance scholarship and awakening the academy to its fundamental purpose: the quest for wisdom.
Note: The views expressed here are not a fantasy alone. These are being pursued as objectives by numerous scholars who are getting funds to and belong/ come from Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, MIT, Pennsylvania and few from Asian continent too. The author does not stop anyone from spreading this thought and has done same to make people aware of the groups pursuing such an agenda and to promote them.