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A talk given at BITEC on the occasion of inaugurating a book on "One Century of Science and Thailand's Role", together with Aj. Yongyuth Yutthawong and Aj. Chetana Nagavajara ...

A talk given at BITEC on the occasion of inaugurating a book on "One Century of Science and Thailand's Role", together with Aj. Yongyuth Yutthawong and Aj. Chetana Nagavajara

พิธีเปิดตัว Website และหนังสือ “๑ ศตวรรษวิทยาศาสตร์และบทบาทของไทย”
วันพุธที่ 7 สิงหาคม 2556 เวลา 9.30– 12.00 น.
ณ งานมหกรรมสัปดาห์วิทยาศาสตร์และเทคโนโลยีแห่งชาติ ประจำปี 2556
ห้อง 202 ศูนย์ประชุมไบเทค บางนา

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  • 1. 100 Years of Thai Science Seminar at BITEC, August 7, 2013
  • 2. Soraj Hongladarom Philosophy, Chulalongkorn University
  • 3. Outline •Thai science: only 100 years? •What is science? •Thai culture in the context of world history •Thai science at the periphery •Paths for the future
  • 4. Only 100 Years? •Distinction between modern science and ancient science •Modern science arose in conjunction with the emergence of modern era in the 17th century Political Economic Cultural Epistemological •Thai science (and technology) as integral part of Thai culture
  • 5. Compared to India and China •Question: Why did Thai science not become as advanced as science and technology in India and China? •Thai culture as “surface culture” or “aesthetic culture”
  • 6. What is Science? •Very difficult to define exactly •Attempt to understand the nature around us in a systematic manner. •Science today intertwined with technology - attempt to gain control over nature for immediate gains. •“Technoscience”
  • 7. Thai Culture and Thai Science at the Periphery
  • 8. Why isn’t There a Thai Nobel Laureate in Science?
  • 9. Paths for the Future •“Grand coalition” between science, civil society, industry, education, government •Move from periphery to center (But then one has to answer the question of identity.) No question as to why there should not be plurality of centers. •Science is not limited to labs or classrooms -- it permeates every aspect of life (so are philosophy, literature, history, etc.) - spirit of critical inquiry.