Welcome to the Workshop
What is this workshop about?
In the framework of our research community on the Construction of
Integrating World Views, the Center "Leo Apostel" organizes
an electronic workshop on "Identity and Otherness". This theme
encompasses a number of fundamental questions: What distinguishes the
self from the other? How does an identity emerge? How do we draw
boundaries between inside and outside, between system and environment,
between the "us" and "them"? How can we categorize different
appearances, states or situations as belonging to the same phenomenon?
This fundamental issue runs through the whole of science and
philosophy. As such, the answer to these questions defines an
essential building block of an eventual integrating world view. The
subject of identity and otherness has been studied in various
disciplines, such as physics, mathematics, biology, psychology and
sociology. Contributions from all those approaches are welcome.
Participants with special expertise in the various aspects of the
issue have been invited to expound their view on the subject in
"topics" that are electronically published on this website. Other
participants can directly reply to each paragraph of these topics, and
these replies are appended at the end of the topic. Discussions are
organized as "threads", like in newsgroups, which can be opened or
How to use the system?
You need to login with a password if you want to add comments to the
workshop. If you just want to read the texts, without adding any
comments yourself, you can simply leave the name and password fields
empty. If you want to participate and you don't have a password yet,
you will have to register at the
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