Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Convergence & OUR SYSTEM

'Convergence' could happen (is happening) in the social sciences too (perhaps even with the physical and life sciences). It should be a subject in its own right. This is like what OUR SYSTEM and The Our System Institute is about.

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“Convergence” Signals a New Frontier - and Departure from Tradition - in Biomedicine

"The MIT white paper says the emerging field of convergence—which brings together the life sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering—should create a “third revolution” in biomedical research."

"As the MIT report notes, convergence establishes a two-way street in which “fundamentally different conceptual approaches from physical science and engineering are imported into biological research, while life science’s understanding of complex evolutionary systems is reciprocally influencing physical science and engineering.”"

"Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS and executive publisher of Science, told the 4 January forum that the new model “raises an array of very serious issues for the infrastructure of science and engineering because it, in fact, challenges the traditional disciplinary structures that we all are so comfortable with.” Convergence could signal “the demise of disciplinary science,” Leshner said."

http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2011/0118convergence.shtml

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