EUROSCIENCE EESTI  

   

HUMAN AWARENESS AND BEHAVIOUR IN A CHANGING WORLD

October 14-15, 2004 Tallinn, Estonia

First announcement and call for papers

Municipality of Tallinn,
Tallinn Pedagogical University,
Euroscience Estonia,
Institute for Interdisciplinary Research

The rationale for organizing the conference has been dictated by many interrelated arguments. Human awareness and its deep psycho-social roots both on conscious and intuitive levels permeates in fact into all spheres of man in modern society, be it economy and politics, culture and science, law and public health.

Being an interdisciplinary all-European organization uniting in its ranks more than 1500 scientists, administrators, politicians, businessmen, journalists representing 40 European states «Euroscience» since its foundation in 1997 strove to cope with the various societal processes and trends and lately launched jointly with the NATO piece and partnership program a timely initiative of organizing and sponsoring workshops dedicated to the investigation, prevention or mitigation of tensions in society (St. Petersburg, April 17-20, September 30 - October 2nd 2004).

We find that the proposed conference «Human Awareness and Behaviour in a Changing World» only naturally fits into the rich fabric of interdisciplinary studies centered on human awareness in a rapidly changing world. We anticipate that fruitful discussions between representatives of different scientific branches will result in useful and beneficial discussions.

It seems appropriate also to add here a few words about our previous conference. In March 2002, the Conference on Certainty and Uncertainty in a Changing World took place in Tallinn, Estonia under the sponsorship of the Municipality of Tallinn, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and the Tallinn Pedagogical University.

The problem was handled from the perspective of four disciplines, that of the exact sciences, the biological sciences, the psychosocial sciences and medicine. All these perspectives shared common concern with the systemic characteristics of various levels of human awareness in our rapidly changing world. The data and findings disclosed within the context of specific disciplines documented radical changes in human awareness and demonstrated the significance of this information for all the disciplines represented at the conference. It became evident that only in interdisciplinary approach to the human problems of a changing world can support a deep understanding of the sites, levels and signal-bound systems involved.

Similarly only an interdisciplinary approach can illuminate the role of individual psychic activity and the regulation of arousal as the ever changing semiosphere impinges upon it. The individual in all his effects and workings is also the subject of his genetic pre-dispositions which must be taken into account as we explore his responses to and dealing with, his evolving levels of awareness. In this regard we propose to conduct the next conference centered on the problem «Human Awareness and Behaviour in a Changing World».

Conference structure and preliminary program

The conference will offer opportunities to obtain information and experiences, as well as to meet scientists, scholars and practicians active in the field.

The preliminary program of the conference is:

  1. Psychosocial aspects of human awareness.
  2. Social and economic aspects of human awareness and behaviour.
  3. Neurobiological basis of human awareness.

I. Psychosocial aspects in human awareness

Subjects will include, but are not limited to the following topics

  1. Levels and coherence in human awareness
  2. Outward conscious processes in intuition
  3. Consciousness, choice and decision-making in regulation.
  4. Conscious experience.
  5. Perception, volition and regulation.
  6. Consciousness and self-regulation.
  7. Signs in consciousness.
  8. Applying principles of the theory of chaos in understanding processes underlying human awareness.
  9. The interpretation of human awareness in different sciences.
  10. Integral structures in psychic activity.
  11. Choice-the central event in psychic activity (neurobiological, neuropsychological, psycho-social aspects).
  12. Factors directing gene expression and the selectivity in psychic activity.
  13. In search of the Self, Self-experience and memory.
  14. Motivation and choice in human awareness.
  15. Cognitive structures in human awareness.
  16. Self-esteem and self-confidence in a changing world.
  17. Awareness and consciousness.
  18. Possibilities of optimizing the dynamics of activation.
  19. Mobilizing systems of psychic regulation in states of conscious awareness.
  20. Why are we doing, what we hate to do?

II. Social-economic aspects of human awareness

Subjects will include, but are not limited to the following topics

  1. Alterations in attitudes and values in radically changing social, cultural and political conditions.
  2. The effect of climate-changes on society.
  3. Culture as an essential factor in psychic stability.
  4. The consumption of culture in changing social conditions.
  5. Ethical problems in a changing society.
  6. Choice and decision-making in a changing economic environment.
  7. Economic behaviour and social responsibility.
  8. Alterations in enterprise nowadays: psychological impact.
  9. Economic polarization of the population in town and country.
  10. The dynamics in sickness rate in radically changing social conditions.
  11. The tide of drug addiction: The cause or consequence?
  12. Alterations of the awareness/consciousness of a drug-addicted person.
  13. The person in the universe and the universe in human awareness.

III. Neurobiological basis of human awareness

Subjects will include, but are not limited to the following topics

  1. Neurophysiological correlates of consciousness.
  2. Neurophysiological correlates of observation, evaluation and critical awareness.
  3. Frontal lobes and directed attention.
  4. Neurobiological pre-dispositions to suicidal consciousness, and the role of external factors in their realization.
  5. Neurophysiological correlates of choosing and decision-making.
  6. Marker signals in bioregulatory processes; somatic marker hypothesis in decision-making.
  7. Applying principles of the theory of chaos in understanding neurobiological processes underlying human awareness.
  8. Neurobiological basis of emotions.
  9. Consciousness and pathological states (Parkinsonís disease, Alzheimerís disease, epilepsy, various kinds of neuroses and psychoses.
       a) Neurobiological basis;
       b) The response of consciousness to pathology;
       c) Compensational potentialities of consciousness;
       d) The realm of psychosomatic phenomena (oncology, cardiology, psychical alterations in patients with chronic pain);
       e) Psychical alterations in patients revived from sudden-death.
  10. Nerobiological basis of awareness/consciousness in a rapidly changing environment.
  11. Tenseness and diseases brought about by an accelerating life rate.
  12. The reciprocal effect between personality structure and disease.
  13. Psychopharmacology of individual differences.
  14. Neurogenetics and human awareness.

The conference program has been elaborated by Dr.A.Turovskaja in collaboration with Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Mr. T.Vitsut and the Conference Committee including Prof. J.Harro, Prof. H.Tooming, Dr. R.Kütner, Dr. A.Mesikepp, Prof. J.Ennulo, I.Reinsalu, A.Turovski.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our conference in October 2004. Please, inform us about your intention to participate in the scientific program with a presentation and in which session.

All relevant information (theme of presentation and abstracts) should be sent to Ms Ingrid Reinsalu.
e-mail: ingrid.reinsalu@tallinnlv.ee
tel.: +372 6404226

For updated information about the conference please, visit our Web page at http://www.euroscience.ee.


Poster presentation proposal for ESOF-2004 by the vice-chairman of Euroscience Eesti

I.Pustylnik.