About Foundations Lectures

The Center is responsible for organizing seminars on fundamental scientific problems and research methodologies. In the 'Foundations Lectures', CLEA invites scholars that are actively engaged in research on the foundations of a particular discipline. Seminars are very interactive, and addressed to a broad, interdisciplinary audience without specific knowledge of the domain. The discussions aim at confronting the foundations of the different disciplines.

Typical seminars consist of one hour of presentation by the lecturer with direct questions, and afterwards in-depth group discussion of the general subject. Seminars generally take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Campus Oefenplein), Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.

Upcoming Seminars

Singularity: A Big History Perspective

Andrey Korotayev

8 April 2019, 14:00–16:00, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Promotiezaal - D2.01
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Past Seminars

73. Natural Evolutionary Drift

Humberto R. Maturana

Livestream, 20 January 2015, 11:00 Santiago de Chile time UTC -3 = 15:00 Brussels time CET

72. The compound systems problem in quantum mechanics, entanglement and quantum structures

Federico Holik

Wednesday September 29, 2010, 16-17.30, VUB, room 6 G317 (Floor 6, Building G, at the Department of Mathematics)

71. The Diagram: Demon of Proof

Charles Alunni

11 December 2009, 17.30 - Room D.2.01 - VUB

70. Competitive scenarios, community responses and organisational implications

Dr. Fabio Boschetti, CSIRO CMAR (Australia)

Tuesday November 17, 2009, 17u00-18u30, VUB, room D.1.08

67. Bohm and the Implicate Order

Dr. David Peat

Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 4 p.m. in auditorium K.1 P. Janssens

66. Newton as Philosopher, the very Idea

Prof. Dr. A. Janiak

Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 5 p.m. in auditorium CSB, building F (Esplanade)

65. What Is a Complex/Quantum System?

Dr. Kirsty Kitto

Monday, March 31, 2007 at 3 p.m. in room D.1.07

62. Reinterpreting Quantum Probabilities in an Objective Framework: The Modified BCHSH Inequalities

Dr. Sandro Sozzo (University of Salento, Italy)

December 20, 2007, 18:00, VUB, room D.2.19

61. What happened to Causation in Scientific Revolution?

Prof. Dr. Eric Schliesser (Leiden University/Syracuse University)

May 17, 2007, 16:00, VUB, room 10F747 (Building F, 10th floor)

60. Infinity and Continuity

Prof. Dr. D. Strauss (University of the Free State, South Africa)

October 12, 2006, 16.00, VUB, room D.1.08

59. Excerpts from John von Neumann’s letters

Miklos Redei (Lorand Eotvos University, Budapest)

June 12, 2006, 16:00, VUB Campus Etterbeek, room D.1.08

58. Beyond Argument: Dialogue between scientific and philosophical traditions in Europe and Asia

Prof. Dr. Ranjit Nair (New Delhi)

June 06, 2005, 16.00, Room D.2.06

57a. On the Symbolic Character of Quantum Knowledge

Hernan Pringe (University of Dortmund)

57b. Statistical Independence: Locality or Rationality?

Soazig Le Bihan (University of Nancy II and Bielefeld University)

57c. Applications of the generalised Pauli group in prime and prime power dimensions

Thomas Durt (Brussels Free University)

October 3, 2005, Brussels, VUB - room D.1.08

56. Biology and the Biodiversity Crisis: The Necessity, to Establish Biology Again as a Science of Living Organisms

Prof. Dr. Franz Wuketits, (University of Vienna)

May 25, 2004, 14.00-16.00 Promotiezaal

55. Multidimensional Visualisation and its Applications

Prof. Dr. Alfred Inselberg, (San Diego Supercomputing Center & Tel Aviv University, Israel )

November 17, 2003

54. En-Hedu-Ana: Mesopotamian priestess and the first named author in world literature

Dr. Michelle Hart

June 15, 2001

53. The role of consciousness in human cognitive evolution

Prof. Dr. Merlin Donald (Department of Psychology and Education, Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

June 12, 2001

52. On the geometry of the gravitational field

Prof. Dr. C. Piron (Geneva University)

May 21, 2001

51. Synchronization in cognitive systems: the power of dialogues

Prof. Dr. Franco Orsucci (Department of Cognitive Science, Rome International University, Italy)

December 5, 2000

50. The Myth of Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand

Prof. Dr. Michael V. White (Department of Economics, Monash University, Australia)

October 13, 2000

49. Grammar, Algebra and Logic

Prof. Em. Jim Lambek (McGill, Montreal, Canada)

April 10, 2000

48. “Mu” and the cultural encounter between East and West

Prof. Dr. Stacey B. Day (Charles University, Prague)

March 23, 2000

47. Modelling Modelling

Prof. Dr. Bruce Edmonds (Centre for Policy Modelling; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

December 13, 1999

46. Chaos et Complexité: Nouvelles Métaphores pour la Compréhension du Changement dans la Personnalité

Prof. Dr. Jean-François Vézina (Cercle Jung de Quebec)

November 24, 1999

45. Mind, Quanta and Digital Machines

Prof. Dr. Bruno Marchal (IRIDIA, the ULB AI lab)

November 4, 1999

44. Embedding the Observer in the Brain: Organizational Requisites for Conscious Awareness

Prof. Dr. Peter Cariani (Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School)

October 26, 1999

43. Is Quantum Computation Relevant to the Brain? The Penrose-Hameroff `Orch OR’ model of Consciousness

Prof. Dr. Stuart Hameroff (Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA)

August 23, 1999

42. Looking Behind the Appearances (of Life and Cognition)

Prof. Dr. Markus Peschl (Department for Philosophy of Science and Social Studies, University of Vienna, Austria)

June 24, 1999

41. The Logic of Reasoning in Science

Prof. Dr. R. Wojcicki (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

June 11, 1999

40. Is Beauty a Sign of Truth in Scientific Theories?

Prof. Dr. James W. McAllister (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Leiden)

June 9, 1999

39. New Aspects in Relativity

Prof. Dr. Constantin Piron (University of Geneva)

May 20, 1999

38. World-Systems Analysis and Marxism

Prof. Dr. Pieter Saey (University of Ghent)

April 27, 1999

37. Cybernetics as Fundamental

Prof. Dr. Ranulph Glanville (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia)

March 23, 1999

36. Hoe Onoverbrugbaar Anders Is Anders? Mogelijke parallellen tussen wereldbeelden; een conversatie over verruimde wetenschap en lokale (Afrikaanse) kennissystemen

Workshop in collaboration with UCOS

March 5, 1999

35. The Need to Vary the Real Number Continuum

Prof. Dr. John Corbett (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

September 15, 1998

34. Correlations, common causes and the EPR-Bell situation in nature

Prof. Dr. Laszlo E. Szabo (Eotvos University, Budapest)

July 13, 1998

33. The emergence of individual worldviews and consensus reality during evolution

Liane Gabora (Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life, UCLA)

July 1, 1998

32. Arguments for moral realism

Prof. Dr. Koen Raes (University of Ghent)

May 22, 1998

31. The Crowbar Model of Method and Some Implications

Prof. Dr. Thomas Nickles (University of Nevada, Reno,USA)

May 20, 1998

30. Foundational problems in Cognitive Science

Prof. Dr. Mark H. Bickhard (Lehigh University, Pennsylvania,USA)

May 5, 1998

29. A referentially realist epistemology for the experimental sciences: conceptual interpretation, material realisation and formal correspondence

Prof. Dr. Hans Radder (Free University Amsterdam)

February 13, 1998

28. Foundations of Political and Social Economics

Prof. Dr. Robert Scott Gassler (Vesalius College, VUB)

December 9, 1997

27. Understanding Happiness

Prof. Dr. Ruut Veenhoven (Erasmus University of Rotterdam)

October 17, 1997

26. Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) correlations: paradox within the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox

Prof. Dr. Marek Zukowski (Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, University of Gdansk, Poland)

September 17 1997

25. Synergetics: An interdisciplinary approach to Self-Organization in Nature

Prof. Dr. Hermann Haken (Institut für Theoretische Physik und Synergetik, Stuttgart)

June 17, 1997

24. Gödel Colloquium: ‘Everything you always wanted to know about Gödel, but were afraid to ask

Prof. Dr. Jean Paul Van Bendegem and Prof. Dr. Eva Colebunders (Brussels Free University)

May 22, 1997

23. Quantum logic as a basis for quantum computations

Jaroslaw Pykacz (Institute of Mathematics, University of Gdansk, Poland)

May 21, 1997

22. Distributional Preferences and Public Choice

Harold M. Hochman (Department of Economics, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania,USA)

May 5, 1997

21. Endophysics, Or Causal Systems Which Are not Deterministic

Prof. Dr. Gyorgy Kampis (Dept. of Behavior genetics, ELTE University of Budapest)

April 25, 1997

20. The history and importance of Category Theory

Jiri Rosicky (Masaryk University, Brno)

April 22, 1997

19. Visualisation and Thinking: an abductive model of scientific inference

Dr. David Gooding. (Bath University, UK)

. Visualisation and Understanding: the case of quantum theory

Dr. Henk De Regt (University of Utrecht)

March 14, 1997

18. Managing Conflicts, Reconciling (human) Interests: a Must for Our Future?

Louis Van Geyt (UCOS)

February 27, 1997

17. Towards a Global Brain: integrating individuals into the world-wide electronic network

Dr. Francis Heylighen (CLEA)

January 16, 1997

16. The Future of Symbiosis: Birth of a Planetary Superorganism

Prof. Dr. Joël de Rosnay (Cité des Sciences et de Technologies, Paris)

December 18, 1996

15. Unravelling the Principle of Scarcity in Modern Society

Prof. Dr. H.J. Achterhuis (Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Twente)

November 21, 1996

14. Globalization and Worldviews

Prof. Dr. Robert Maier (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Utrecht)

November 12, 1996

13. A New Window on World Reality. Quantum Theory without Quantification

Prof. Dr. Constantin Piron (University of Geneva)

November 8, 1996

12. Second order cybernetics and organizational change

Prof. Dr. Gerard De Zeeuw (University of Amsterdam)

October 23, 1996

11. Reflections on Space and Time

Prof. Dr. Fons Elders (University for Humanist Studies, Utrecht)

October 15, 1996

10. The Virtual State: Politics, Governance, Technology: a Postmodern Story

Prof. Dr. P.H.A. Frissen (Professor of Public Administration, University of Tilburg, the Netherlands)

September 27, 1996

9. Is the question of a specific African culture versus an European culture an adequate question?

Dr. Osaru Iguisi (University of Limburg Maastricht, Institute for Research on Intercultural Cooperation)

June 14, 1996

8. Studying the origins of language and meaning through robotic experiments

Prof. Dr. Luc Steels (AI-lab, VUB)

June 7, 1996

7. Le Vide et le Bruit

Prof. Dr. Simon Diner (Fondation Louis de Broglie, Paris)

May 20, 1996

6. Economics in a boundedly rational world: beyond the competition-versus-planning contradiction

Bertin Martens (CLEA and European Commission)

May 10, 1996

5. Foundations of a New Economy

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Petrella (Université Catholique de Louvain, chairman Group of Lisbon)

April 19, 1996

4. Scale Dimensions: An Approach to Understanding Multiple Levels in Natural and Artificial Systems

Prof. Dr. Ivan Havel (Center for Theoretical Studies, Prague)

April 15, 1996

3. Rationality and Spiritual Experiences in Central Asia

Dr. Rima Urkhanova (East-Siberian State Technological University)

March 25, 1996

2. Non-classical logic’s, non-classical sets and non-classical physics

Prof. Dr. Jaroslaw Pykacz (University of Gdansk)

February 16, 1996

1. The Systems Science Approach to Interdisciplinary Studies

Prof. Dr. Cliff Joslyn (NASA, Washington)

December 6. 1995

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