CFP: Science, Technology, & Globalization (Guatemala) (5/30/07; 8/13/07 -8/16/07)

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  The Seventh International Conference of Philosophy Science, technology and=
 globalization Rafael Land=C3=ADvar University, Guatemala City August 13, 14=
, and 16, 2007 In honor to Antonio Gallo, S. J. Please send an abstract 2=
50=E2=80=93500 words by May 30, 2007, to: Michael Purdy, m=E2=80=93purdy_at_gov= Requirements for Proposals for the conference (English): The cen=
tral theme of the discussion of the seventh international conference of phil=
osophy is the debate of the current developments of the science and the tech=
nology in a global world. The discussions will deal with the effects and man=
ifestations that technology has in the different lifeworlds and the meaning=20=
and functions that science has today. Likewise the different dynamics will b=
e described in the construction and the transference of the scientific knowl=
edge and the technologies in different parts of the world. On the other ha=
nd, these topics will be analyzed critically and their different conditions=20=
of the state of art and trends in the specific developments in the natural s=
ciences, social sciences and humanities will be analyzed, as well as the dev=
elopments in the technologies applied to the diverse fields. The discussion=20=
also can deal with the ethical problems derived from the applications of the=
 science and the technology, particularly to the human sphere. Finally, th=
e discussion also will be about the processes of formation of scientists and=
 professionals which lead different challenges to the universities in this g=
lobal era. SUGGESTIONS Greetings, and thank you for your proposal. Plea=
se consider the following suggestions: Science/technology nexus is the ess=
ence of globalization and it carries all other forms, whether it is economy,=
 entertainment, education, culture or the transmission of religious messages=
. In this sense it comprises a modern Western lifeworld where everything is=20=
reduced to scientific/technical explanations and transformations. The logic=20=
of this lifeworld depends on material values where everything, including hum=
an beings, can be =E2=80=9Cproduced=E2=80=9D into anything, and an ethic of=20=
=E2=80=9Cindifference=E2=80=9D with regard to the qualitative =E2=80=93 mean=
ingful values of different lifeworlds. Hence the discussion for the conferen=
ce could include the following components: The various major modalities th=
at scientific/technical lifeworld promotes in its globalizing process, such=20=
as quantification of all phenomena, reduction of all experiences to cause an=
d effect or conditions and results, resolving all human issues in terms of g=
enetic, chemical and biological means. The explication of the selectivity pr=
ocesses in a given lifeworld that accepts scientific/technical products of g=
lobalization as =E2=80=9Cbeneficial=E2=80=9D to this lifeworld. This can ran=
ge from economics through genetic engineering, to environmental destruction.=
 The issues in this context consist of the possibilities of introducing part=
ial aspects, such as medicine, mass communication, education, of globalizati=
on and the attendant question whether such partial introductions can be limi=
ted or will they lead to an acceptance and an establishment of a complete te=
chnical lifeworld and an abolishment of a lifeworld of a given people. A d=
iscussion of a possibility of mutual interpretation between a given lifeworl=
d and a globalizing technical lifeworld such that the technical means would=20=
not count as an explanation of all human events but as meaningful and positi=
ve functions carefully selected as valuable for a given people. This is a qu=
estion of methodological and historical hermeneutics. Pedagogical transfor=
mations that stress technical expertise and thus create global functionaries=
 capable of performing technical tasks anywhere. An analysis of what sort of=
 technical experts will comprise a benefit for a locally given lifeworld and=
 what experts will become =E2=80=9Cnomadic,=E2=80=9D i.e. capable of offerin=
g their services anywhere. The latter option leads to a person completely di=
sattached from his/her original lifeworld and becoming a wanderer without a=20=
home. His/her home is where technical skills are required. Finally, the re=
construction of social hierarchies of a given life world such that the new t=
echnical elites might become socially and economically a =E2=80=9Chigher cla=
ss=E2=80=9D and assume ruling positions. This possibility is becoming eviden=
t around the globe, whether in India, Eastern and Central Europe, China or A=
frica. The decisions of traditional lifeworld organizations have to address=20=
the issue how to moderate between the =E2=80=9Cnew elites=E2=80=9D and the=20=
=E2=80=9Cpotato people=E2=80=9D who struggle for daily survival. T. Merca=
 April is the cruelest month, breeding
 Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
 Memory and desire, stirring
 Dull roots with spring rain.
 T.S. Eliot
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