LaRouches Keynote Dubna Conference in Russia
Video-recorded remarks by both Lyndon and Helga LaRouche keynoted the opening plenary session of the IV International Scientific Conference on Fundamental and Applied Problems of Sustained Development in the System Nature-Society-Man: Science Engineering and Education, held Monday, Dec. 22 at Dubna International University in the Moscow Region. The annual event is organized by Professor Boris Bolshakov and Dubna University Rector Oleg Kuznetsov, associates of the late Dr. Pobisk Kuznetsov, a Russian visionary, organizer of industry, and friend of LaRouche.
Address by Helga Zepp-LaRouche to Dec. 22 international scientific conference at Dubna International University.
Both videos were greeted with applause, and several of the speakers who followed cited Lyndon LaRouche as a leading thinker of our time, reflecting the widespread recognition in Russia of his record.
This year's conference was attended by over 100 scholars and students, with speakers from Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Greetings from Academician Sergei Glazyev, in his capacity as head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Scientific Council on Complex Problems of Eurasian Economic Integration, Competitiveness, and Sustained Development, were read by his colleague on the Council, Prof. Yevgeni Naumov at the opening.
This year's conference had three workshops after the plenary, one of them dedicated to the ideas of Pobisk Kuznetsov, the 90th anniversary of whose birth was marked earlier this year. A second session took up the legacy of the philosopher Evald Ilyenkov, likewise born in 1924, who died young, in 1979. In the late 1970s, the LaRouche movement's newspaper New Solidarity, in an article by Susan Welsh, reported on a then-revolutionary article by Ilyenkov, in the official journal Kommunist, about the work of Soviet psychologist Boris Meshcheryakov in educating deaf-blind children; it was startling for its departure from the precepts of materialism, delving into concept-formation in the absence of sense-certainty. The third workshop, designed especially for young people, was on the Russian universal genius Dmitri Mendeleyev, the 180th anniversary of whose birth is this year. Its theme was planning for mankind's future, through developing new technologies.
Kuznetsov, Bolshakov, and Prof. Yuri Yakovets all touched on the current grave strategic crisis in the world. Kuznetsov pleaded for preserving ties between the Russian and U.S. scientific communities. Yakovets declared that the age of superpowers has passed, and called for accelerating the formation of an Academy of Science and Education of the BRICS Countries. Boris Bolshakov's proposal to replace GDP in economics by an index of happiness was covered in the Russian media.
Participants from Sevastopol, in Crimea, attending for the first time, described efforts to revitalize science on the peninsula. Other participants also mentioned the ongoing crisis between Russia and Ukraine as a disaster for science, lamenting that ties with the Ukrainian scientific community have been thoroughly disrupted.