Dr. Ernst Pöppel, Head of the Center for Research in Human Sciences in Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, delivered the plenary speech at the international conference “Cognitive mechanisms and discourse strategies to overcome sociocultural threats” held at RSUH. After the speech Dr. Pöppel answered questions on current tendencies in international science and research.
Mr. Pöppel, what is your opinion of the Conference?
It is a unique event that allows researchers from different fields to come together and discuss questions from various scientific realms. I can specifically point out the independence of thought of the Russian colleagues that display true pride and trust in their knowledge. Special praise should be given to Dr. Zabotkina who was able to stand up and bring together scientists from such different fields.
What do you think of our Center for Cognitive Programs and Technologies?
What Professor Zabotkina does goes way beyond the boundaries established in other countries, except for maybe China. Your Center is a good example of an initiative that is both well-thought out and well-funded.
What, in a nutshell, did you talk about in your presentation?
I talked about the notion of time, how we perceive it and how it is the basis of all cognitive processes.
What can you say about the tendencies in interdisciplinary research in the world?
It is not really a tendency. Out time is the time of narrow specializations. This is precisely why our Center in Munich was created, to give the interdisciplinary research a possibility to be carried out. This, among other things, promotes respect and tolerance for people in other fields who, as it turns out, can teach you a lot. The more you look beyond the scope of your specialization, the bigger is the chance to stumble upon something potentially very fruitful. And that’s why we are currently creating an Eurasian Research Project that will potentially connect Moscow, Singapore, Taiwan, Vienna and Munich.
What other perspective projects can be carried out jointly with our Center for Cognitive Programs and Technologies (especially under the agreement between RSUH and Ludwig-Maximilians University?
We can work out a strategy that will allow us to raise responsible leaders, in fact a questionnaire on leadership qualities already exists, I worked it out. It shows how the leader views himself through the opinions of other people. Further research based on this questionnaire is likely to be carried out in Russia, Taiwan and China.
Another joint research possibility is to work towards blurring the boundaries between science and art and yet another – to understand and study the difference between the Western and the Eastern perception of reality.