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This book unites an international team of leading researchers and educators around the theme of knowledge dialogue. Spanning topics from natural complexity to neuroscience, from education theory to climate change, from immunology to archaeology and human migrations, these renowned multidisciplinarians engage each other, through a series of original essays, in an atmosphere of constructive criticism and with the ambition to build a new foundation for the transdisciplinary approach. It is known that the exact sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts each have their specific tools, methodologies, goals and limitations. This book examines how leading thinkers are addressing the problem of knowledge fragmentation into what C. P. Snow called the ¬ìTwo Cultures¬î. The authors invite you, the reader, to join their search for reciprocal enlightenment and enrichment as they set out to bridge communication gaps between the traditionally defined disciplines.Published under the editorial direction of the World Knowledge Dialogue Foundation with the collaboration of: Michel Alhadeff-Jones, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Veronica Boix Mansilla, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Paul Cilliers, Ravi de Costa, Gerald Edelman, Dan Eisenberg, Richard Ernst, Daniela Finke, Mark Freed, Mary Louise Gifford, Ian Hacking, Ernest Hartmann, Dame Julia Higgins, André Hurst, Zalina Ismail, Markus Karner, Timon McPhearson, Svante Pääbo, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Edward Slingerland, Akimasa Sumi, Bernard Victorri, Geoffrey West.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Complexity and Neurosciences in Dialogue: Towards a New Theory of the Brain?
  • New Discoveries Defining Complexity
  • Complexity and Knowledge Dialogue in Discussion
  • Origin and Migrations of Modern Humans: Palaeontology, Anthropology, Genetics and Linguistics in Dialogue
  • Knowledge Dialogue: Academic Institutional Governance, Education and Experiences
  • Conclusion and Perspectives


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Published: 7 july 2008

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 244

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 580

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782940222285

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