Dr. Krista Noble's talk on 'Solving the Hard Problem of Conscious Experience: A Vedic Approach' at WAVES Dallas, Texas - 2018.
Event was held at Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch , Dallas, texas from August 2-5, 2018
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DALLAS, August 9, 2018 (PressRelease.com) - The 13th international conference of the World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES-2018) was successfully held Aug. 2-5 at the Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas, centered on the theme of "Vedic Traditions for Education and Learning."
The conference was inaugurated by Hon. Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India, Houston, Texas, who spoke of the enduring relevance of Vedic knowledge in today’s world. Special guest attendee to the WAVES conference this year, Dr. Samhitashastri Arjunprasad Bastola, a Vedic scholar from Nepal, brought a message of good wishes from the president of Nepal, as well as an invitation to host the next edition of WAVES in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2020. Jeffrey Armstrong, also called Kavindra Rishi, founder of Vedic Academy of Sciences and Arts (VASA), Vancouver, Canada, presented inspiring opening remarks on the Vedic Civilization. Shri Sashi Kejriwal, president of WAVES, welcomed the attendees and dignitaries, noting that WAVES is in its 22nd year in existence, having started with its inaugural conference in the year 1996.
The conference chair Dr. Narayanan Komerath, professor of aerospace engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dr. Sashi Tiwari, former head of the Sanskrit department, University of Delhi, and president of WAVES-India, also the co-editor of the 2018 proceedings, worked diligently to bring out the Proceedings of WAVES-2018, ahead of schedule and released it on the opening day. Dr. Narayanan Komerath who has published over 400 papers in his academic career as an aerospace engineer, brought a considerable degree of rigor to the peer review process that selected more than 50 papers for presentation at the conference and represented a genuine advance over previous conferences.
Attended by over 400 people, the conference consisted of keynote speeches, plenary lectures, panel discussions and presentation of research papers from around the world. This year’s WAVES conference featured keynote addresses by two recipients of the prestigious Padmabhushan Awards from the government of India: Dr. Ved Nanda, professor of law, University of Denver, Colorado, and Dr. David Frawley, founder and director, American Institute of Vedic Studies, New Mexico, USA. Dr. Ved Nanda traced the origins of the concept of Human Rights to the Vedas, while Dr. David Frawley, highlighted the study of mind and consciousness as India’s unique contribution to the world through its Vedic knowledge systems.
Dr. John Hagelin, president of the Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, in his keynote, spoke on the theme of how Vedic science fulfills the development of modern science, and drew parallels between the Vedic concepts of energy and consciousness as embodied in the Bhutas, Gunas and Doshas with the modern mathematically derived ideas of energy and particles such as bosons, gravitons and other quantum field and string field theories. In his keynote address,
Dr. Subhash Kak, regents professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, spoke of the Indian foundations of modern science, and shared some of the frontiers of current explorations in Artificial Intelligence, speculating on whether and to what extent machines can produce or emulate human consciousness. In his keynote, Shri Rajiv Malhotra, founder and president of Infinity Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey, reflected on his own personal journey titled “journey towards infinity,” in disrupting the status quo in the academia, where western colonial and orientalist narratives about India and the Vedic Hindu civilization are recycled as authoritative knowledge about India. He also speculated on the way forward and the critical need to develop a school of thought that more authentically represented an Indic narrative about India’s traditions and knowledge systems.