Experts in science, spirituality to participate in symposium
31 Dec 2008
PUNE: An international symposium on The Neuroscientific Revolution, the Human Soul and Spirituality' has been organised by the Indian Institute of Science and Religion (IISR) from January 1 to 5 at 5 pm at Holiday Resort Avion, Lonavla.
Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, Job Kozhamthadam, founder-director of IISR, said, "This symposium will bring together experts from the fields of science and spirituality and exchange views in order to understand the human soul and mind."
Kozhamthadam said, "Today, science is deeply involved in understanding the human mind and soul and currently research is going on all over the world on neuroscience. Science needs to respect the age-old religious insights and religion needs to learn from discoveries in science and technology, especially with regards to brain and soul which make humans so unique." In India there are institutes in Bangalore, Varanasi and Mumbai that are working on neuroscience, said Kozhamthadam.
"The last decade is rightly called the decade of the brain, the previous decade was dominated by biotechnology that shed new lights on the nature of life. But the study of the brain goes one step further and clarifies the human's basic relationship with life and reality," he said. Professors and research scholars from all over the world will discuss and debate the challenges posed by the latest neurological research to the soul and spirituality.
The symposium will be inaugurated by Meher Master Moos, president of the Zoroastrian College. The guest of honour will be Umesh Keskar from the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.
A Buddhist painting exhibition by an artist from South Korea has also been organised. "More than 120 people will be a part of this meet and will come from USA, UK, South Korea and various parts of India," Kozhamthadam said.
The conference has been organised by the Indian Institute of Science and Religion in collaboration with Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, a deemed university, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Wilson College, Mumbai, Hislop College, Nagpur, and Ahmednagar College, Ahmednagar, to promote healthy interaction between science and religions.