NEW LARGE RESEARCH GROUP CLEA-CLPS
From 2024, the VUB research centers CLEA and CLPS (the Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science) have been integrated into a large research group, called CLEA. Prof. Karen François is appointed head of the group (director), Prof. Francis Heylighen is the contact person for research (research director). You can consult the new directors team here. For the time being, both CLEA and CLEA-CLPS will continue to communicate through their existing websites and communication channels.
The Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) is a transdisciplinary, interfaculty research center at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). CLEA’s mission is to bridge the different scientific, social and cultural disciplines. It was founded in 1995 under the impulse of the Belgian philosopher Leo Apostel (1925-1995). He formulated the goal of CLEA as the integration of the different disciplines into a coherent worldview, so as to counteract the current fragmentation into ever more specialized approaches. Next to worldviews, our research addresses fundamental interdisciplinary issues, including complexity, systems, evolution, quantum entanglement, cognition, artscience and well-being.
We call our research philosophy "thinking beyond boundaries". Thanks to this philosophy, CLEA has attracted and trained a large number of talented researchers from the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering, representing countries from across the globe. CLEA is now internationally recognized as a unique, transdisciplinary research center with a steady output of high-level, innovative publications.
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CLEA SEMINAR. Art as a tool for social cohesion and creativity as a driving force for innovation - by Sara Del BeneIn this seminar, Sara Del Bene will explore the role of contemporary artists in community-building. In the contemporary vision of art, there is a desire to see the audience not (merely) as spectators, but (also) as actors; new active art forms focus on relationships and creating a community. Del Bene will illustrate the definitions and the main characteristics of relational art, social art, and interactive and participatory art. She will also explore its aesthetic limits, authorship, and social impact. For more info, CLICK TITLE.
- Practical info-In this seminar, commons and Peer to Peer (P2P) pioneer Michel Bauwens will summarize the various research undertaken with the P2P Foundation over the last 20 years. He will also elaborate on a multi-year study of the basic concepts of civilizational transition taken from the macro-historians of the 20th century. He will apply these insights to speculate on the possibility of a 'fourth generation civilization' based on 'mutual coordination economics'. For more info, CLICK TITLE.
- CLEA director Francis Heylighen and researcher Shima Beigi are invited to speak at the Science Week in Morocco from 12 - 16 February, organised by the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P).
- In 2023, CLEA travelled to California to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the noosphere, the "sphere of thought" enveloping the Earth. We have compiled the conference's highlights to give you a better grip on the noosphere. For more info, click the title.
- In January 2024, CLEA researchers Tomas Veloz and Stefan Leijnen were invited to speak at the conference “Causal Cognition in Humans and Machines” at the University of Oxford. The gathering was organized by Quantinuum where former CLEA member Prof.