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Cosmic Thinking in the Modern World

On December 6-7, 2013, in Kiev the international scientific and public conference “Cosmic Thinking in the Modern World” was held. Scientists and cultural activists of Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Finland, and Latvia took part in the Conference.

The conference organizer - All-Ukraine Cultural and Educational Association of Humanistic Pedagogics. Co-organizers: The International Centre of the Roerichs, Kiev National University of Linguistics, Khmelnitsky National University, Crimea Division of the International Center of the Roerichs, Humanitarian Institute of the National Aviation University, Center for Eastern Languages ​​and Cultures at Sofia University after St. Kliment Ohridski, International Philosophical and Cosmological Society, Finnish Cultural and Educational Center named after Nicholas Roerich.

A compendium of materials of the international scientific and public conference “Cosmic Thinking in the Modern World” was put together and published by the beginning of the conference.

The following speakers presented their reports at the Conference: Shalva A. Amonashvili, Dr. of Psychology, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Honorary President of the International Center for Humanistic Pedagogy, Knight of Humanistic Pedagogy (Moscow, Russia); Victor V. Frolov, Dr. of Philosophy, Professor, Deputy Director-General for Science of the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich, Head of the United Scientific Center for Cosmic Thinking Problems of the International Centre of the Roerichs (Moscow, Russia), Oleg A. Bazaluk – Dr. of Philosophy, Professor, Editor-in-Chief of scientific and philosophical journal “Philosophy and Cosmology”, Chairman of the International Society of Philosophy and Cosmology (Kiev, Ukraine); Aleksander V. Fedotov – Dr. of Philology, Professor, Director of the Center for Eastern Languages ​​and Cultures and Centre for Korean Studies at Sofia University after St. Kliment Ohridski (Sofia, Bulgaria); Natalia K. Petruk – Dr. of Psychology, Professor, Head of Department of Philosophy at Khmelnitsky National University (Khmelnitsky, Ukraine); Vladimir L. Pirogov – PhD, Head of Department of Far East Languages and Civilizations at the Kiev National University for Linguistics (Kiev, Ukraine); Anatoliy A. Lebedenko – PhD, Deputy Head of the United Scientific Center for Cosmic Thinking Problems of the International Centre of the Roerichs, Knight of Humanistic Pedagogy (Moscow, Russia); Larina V. Kudryashova – Dr. of Philosophy, Director of Crimean republican organization “Simferopol Art Museum”, Chairman of the Crimean Division of the International Centre of the Roerichs (Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine) and others. The overall number of the reports at the conference was 34.

The conference participants stressed that the ideas of cosmism in the history of culture are presented in the works of H.P. Blavatskaya, Vl. Soloviev, P.A. Florensky, K.E. Tsiolkovsky, A.L. Chizhevsky, V.I. Vernadsky, N.K. Roerich, H.I. Roerich, Y.N. Roerich, S.N. Roerich. Cosmism was developed in a unique and holistic way by a philosophic system of the Living Ethics created by the Teachers of the East and transmitted to the mankind through the Roerichs, which in their turn made a great contribution in its advance, formation, publication and confirmation under modern conditions. Nowadays cosmism, that is cosmic thinking, attracts more and more attention of scientists, pedagogues, cultural activists, and representatives of other sectors of society.

The essence of the cosmic thinking is a new cognition system that promotes expansion of consciousness, understanding of different ideas about reality, development of interaction mechanisms between a human being and cosmos. Such a cognition system is contained in the Living Ethics philosophy which gives an opportunity to study other worlds and understand their integral unity with the earthly world.

The cosmic thinking is of a great importance for evolution of the mankind, as it helps us to understand the real causes of the spiritual crisis and find the way out of it which lies in conservation, creation and mastering of Culture. Therefore, attracting attention of scientific and cultural community towards formation of the cosmic thinking is a noble and urgent issue.

The major centre of study and development of the cosmic thinking in the world is the International Centre of the Roerichs (Moscow, Russia) which, from the moment of its foundation, is harassed by some state structures and persons in order to deprive the ICR of the Museum building and the Roerichs family heritage. Just recently the ICR was deprived of livelihood for its scientific, cultural and educational activity, as the license of the Master Bank which was headed by Boris I. Bulochnik, Maecenas of the Museum, was revoked. As a result the Master Bank ceased its operations and the business reputation of the Maecenas was ruined. All these issues caused a deep concern of the conference participants.

Within the framework of the conference a literary and musical composition “Cosmic poetry” was performed by Marianna Ozolinya, a member of Executive Committee of the International League for Culture Protection, a member of International Association of Writers and Publicists, Knight of Humanistic Pedagogy (Riga, Latvia), as well as a concert of “Lada” instrumental band of Podolsk Cultural and Educational Centre named after Nicholas Roerich (Khmelnitsky, Ukraine).

The conference adopted a resolution containing recommendations to the conference participants to pay attention to study and popularization of the ideas of cosmism in their work and to promote development of creative cooperation between the members of scientific and cultural organizations of Ukraine in order to incorporate the Living Ethics into scientific researches and further progress of the cosmic thinking.

The conference expressed the protest against slanderous accusations in mass media concerning Boris Bulochnik, a well known Maecenas, who rendered material support to the International Centre-Museum named after Nicholas Roerich scientific, cultural and educational programs.

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