Thank you very much for visiting our Consilience CENSUS website.
RIHN was established in 2001 by the Government of Japan to promote ‘integrated cooperative research toward the solution of global environmental problems’ and to advance the field of global environmental studies. RIHN’s objective is to define and conduct integrative research for exploring the dynamics of earth phenomena including the role of humanity. To this end, RIHN hosts fixed-term research projects on key areas of interactions between humanity and nature.
The objectives of our Consilience CENSUS are 1) to identify the key elements of transdisciplinarity in a quantitative sense, 2) to evaluate the relative importance of interdisciplinary versus transdisciplinary integrations to global environmental studies, and 3) to delineate the dynamics of consilience in various stakeholders engaged in transdisciplinary research.
We would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey and tell us your interests. Your responses will be kept confidential. Your feedback will be used to improve our “Consilience Emulator Framework” which is to be examined through the results of our Consilience CENSUS.
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Dr. Itsuki C. Handoh
The RIHN Futurability Initiatives,
457-4 Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8047, Japan.
We focus our efforts on conjoining the existing RIHN Domain Programmes (Circulation, Diversity, Resources, Ecohistory, and Ecosophy) through a set of cross-cutting initiatives towards the transdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanics of the Earth System. The Futurability Initiatives emerge from our conviction of the need for design-oriented science. Whereas cognitive science has conventionally been employed to describe ‘what is’, design science asks ‘what ought to be’ the character of interactions between of humanity and nature.
The Initiatives are therefore dedicated to consilience, “a jumping together of knowledge ... across disciplines to create a common groundwork for explanation” (Wilson, 1998) and intended to enhance design-oriented, problem-solving approaches to contemporary environmental problems. Each Initiative focuses on a major field of thought roughly analogous to the ancient Greek realms described by Gaia, Oikos and Ethos.
Foci: Futurability, Earth System, Design-oriented science, Consilience, Transdisciplinarity
RIHN Research Projects positioned on the integration coordinate system for creation of Environmental Humanics of the Earth System: the longitude (λ) represents the starting points of problem setting on the holarchy of physiocentrism – biocentrism – noöcentrism, while the latitude (φ) indicates regions, concepts, and methods as three pillars of integration. The depth (r) shows the degree of movement from pro-scientific integration (interdisciplinarity) to pro-humanistic integration (transdisciplinarity). The progress of each RIHN project in 2012 is illustrated by Platonic solids: regular tetrahedrons (IS = Incubation Study or Initiative-FS Seed), regular hexahedrons (FS = Feasibility Study), regular octahedrons (PR = Pre-Research), regular icosahedrons (FR = Full Research), and regular dodecahedrons (CR = Completed Research). Arrows indicate relationships of cooperation and succession among projects.