The Quality of Life theme will explore the diachronic sense of Greek heritage that has informed scholarly understanding of quality of life and universal principles of sustainability past, present, and future. One of the great challenges for the 21st century is the integration of disciplinary knowledge into usable and universal principles for creative transitions to a higher quality of life in the diverse and growing humanity. Universal principles of sustainability are urgently needed to build a basis for a quality-of-life theory and indicators that, in turn, guide and inform citizens and their governing organizations.
The intellectual pathway from Aristotelian "universals" to our contemporary focus on delving deeply into disciplinary knowledge on "bits, atoms, neurons, and genes" has enormously enriched the sciences and simultaneously diminished a unity of knowledge beyond disciplines. A robust understanding of quality of life must acknowledge the elusiveness of truth in a... More | Comments
As humans evolved, their drive to think, to innovate, allowed the species to create new technologies and societal structures. But that drive to innovate may have created some unintended consequences.
Analyzing the quality of life in ancient, medieval, and modern Greece proves to be a valuable, but methodologically complex exercise.
Freedom is generally thought to have a positive effect on one’s level of happiness. But is too much liberty a case of having “too much of a good thing”?
Consistent with the ancient Greek concept biophilia, increasing evidence shows that the geometry of the natural and built environments is, to a large extent, responsible for human quality of life.
Scientific discoveries about the structures of living systems can help both design theorists and practical designers to think differently about new ways for the responsible reform of technology and the advancement of our created environment.
Engagement with the arts enhances satisfaction and well-being by refining the ways in which we respond to the world, challenging our habitual responses, and enhancing our ability to adapt to the unfamiliar.
Synthetic biology and synthetic genomics could be put to use to solve some of the global problems of the 21st century.
Nature adapts to meet new challenges in sustainability by making use of chance on every scale, from the broadest appearance of the entire universe down to the tiniest sub-atomic interaction.
Individuals today can improve their quality of life by looking to the literature and culture of the ancient Greeks. Engaging with the Greeks helps individuals to cultivate and improve their spiritual lives, which are otherwise overshadowed by dependence on money and attachment to material things.