D. The Science, Technology, Ideas and Innovation panelists
after careful deliberation on the theme of “Mainstream Science, Alternative Sciences, and their Potential for Peace” submit to the assembled Congress the following resolutions:
- what is required is peace on all four planes of social being: material transactions with nature; social interactions between people; social structure; and above all, the stratification of the embodied personality. This last condition involves the integration of the mental, emotional and physical aspects of our personality. As inner peace, this integration is also the condition of working towards peace at all four levels.
- the industrial revolution has produced untold damage (from which we are still suffering) at all these planes of social being; and we have not adequately assessed the effects of more recent technological innovations—from the television to the computer and other electronic communications devices.
- The possibility of the beneficial use of good science in the development of alternative peace-conducive technologies is severely constrained by the structure of contemporary society, and in particular the subordination of scientific research and development to corporate, political and military aims.
In this impasse, we would like to adopt the following resolutions:
- To develop the sciences of inner, human and social being, alongside peace studies. (Inner science or understanding would, for example, investigate the use of our remarkable capacity for reflexivity or self-observation.) In developing the science of human social being, we need
- To pay attention to lay knowledge as a resource and to perspectives that predate the advent of modernity, for example a principle of balance between work and leisure, or the cultivation of appropriate scale in human life.
- To attend to the way in which certain ethical principles, such as reciprocity or universal solidarity, are the unrecognized foundation of social practices in all sectors of social life.
- To explore the possibilities of the unconditional sharing of all science and technology.