Besides modern marvels and their impacts on quality of contemporary life, rapid expansions of knowledge and technologies also have downsides. The discrepancy has shown in the clashing of modernity and globalization with local traditions and cultures. In addition, we realize that development driven by the dominant knowledge of science and technology makes it possible to consume natural resources at great speed. The exploitation of natural resources and degradation of the environment is threatening the sustainability of life on this planet. New trend of development looks to sustainability and the importance of cultural pluralism for a more holistic and harmonious development. This trend appears to be having similar line of thinking as traditional Asian cultures. This article presents a double fold discussion on ancient Asian sciences, especially, from the two Great Civilizations of India and China, together with traditional Asian ways of thinking that were comparable to the “Science and Society” perspective of today. It points out some approaches that enable PCST to assume its role in opening dialogue between tradition and science in order to mutually enrich and be enriched. The author also sees that this can be a natural way to integrate social and cultural dimensions to modern development.

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Opening dialogue between tradition and science
“science and society” in the traditional Asian ways

Yuwanuch Tinnaluck   Science Writers and Publishers Forum, Science Society of Thailand

Besides modern marvels and their impacts on quality of contemporary life, rapid expansions of knowledge and technologies also have downsides. The discrepancy has shown in the clashing of modernity and globalization with local traditions and cultures. In addition, we realize that development driven by the dominant knowledge of science and technology makes it possible to consume natural resources at great speed. The exploitation of natural resources and degradation of the environment is threatening the sustainability of life on this planet. New trend of development looks to sustainability and the importance of cultural pluralism for a more holistic and harmonious development. This trend appears to be having similar line of thinking as traditional Asian cultures. This article presents a double fold discussion on ancient Asian sciences, especially, from the two Great Civilizations of India and China, together with traditional Asian ways of thinking that were comparable to the “Science and Society” perspective of today. It points out some approaches that enable PCST to assume its role in opening dialogue between tradition and science in order to mutually enrich and be enriched. The author also sees that this can be a natural way to integrate social and cultural dimensions to modern development.

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