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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

พิธีเปิดตัว Website และหนังสือ “๑ ศตวรรษวิทยาศาสตร์และบทบาทของไทย”
วันพุธที่ 7 สิงหาคม 2556 เวลา 9.30– 12.00 น.
ณ งานมหกรรมสัปดาห์วิทยาศาสตร์และเทคโนโลยีแห่งชาติ ประจำปี 2556
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Thai science bitec

  1. 1. 100 Years of Thai Science Seminar at BITEC, August 7, 2013
  2. 2. Soraj Hongladarom Philosophy, Chulalongkorn University
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7. Thai Culture and Thai Science at the Periphery
  8. 8. Why isn’t There a Thai Nobel Laureate in Science?
  9. 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.

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