of the Round Table “Noospheric paradigm of the global development of the human society” held by the Moscow Economical Forum on the 20-21st of March of 2013
By A.I.Subetto, Grand PhD, PhD; V.N.Bobkov , PhD
“There is no alternative to the noospheric paradigm of the sustainable society development”
1. Necessity to have new vision of the problem of sustainable development of human society
On the 12th of March of 2013 we have marked 150 years since Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky, the greatest genius of the XX century, the world-renowned thinker, scholar-encyclopedist was born. The closing exploit of his scientific and philosophical creative life turned to be a teaching of Noosphere.
This date together with our address to the scientific ancestry of V.I.Vernadsky, in particular to his Noosphere teaching as well as problem of contemporary development of Vernadsky’s ideas in the 21st century remind us his prophetic thought: “we are experiencing not just a crisis disturbing weak souls, but the greatest break-over of the human thought, happening only once in a millennium”. This understanding defines objective necessity and urgent need to develop new vision of the problem of sustainable development of mankind.
According to Vernadsky, Noosphere is the new state of biosphere of the Earth - the Planetary home of the whole mankind, where the human scientific thought in its planetary expression, armed with the great energy of domestic management (Vernadsky named it the “energy of culture”) acquired the scale of the rational geological power of evolution in terms of its impact on the Nature.
Starting of the 50es – 60es of the XX century mankind entered into the deepest ecological crisis, which under some estimations, acquired by the end of the XX century a scale of the First Phase of the Global Ecological Catastrophe.
The mankind is facing not only limits of the economical growth, as the Global situation was defined upon their models by such experts as D.H. and D.L. Meadows, I. Randers, but the ecological limits of the market – capitalist paradigm of the of the development in general with all its values.
B.Commoner, renowned scholar – ecologist as far back as in early 70s warned the mankind that technologies based upon private property will destroy the most important wealth of the mankind – its ecosystems, and consequently, such system of property should be changed.
The 1991 report to the World Bank prepared by a group of prominent scholars and analysts under the guidance of Goodland, Daily and Al-Serafi, prominent scholars-economists-ecologists, contained a conclusion that within ecologically saturated niche occupied by the mankind the market as an instrument of development has exhausted itself. Conclusions and warnings close to that statement are contained also in the works of Russian, Byelorussian and other scholars, such as V.A.Zubakov, V.P.Kaznacheev, V.A. Koptiuga, N.N.Lukianchikov, N.N.Moisseeva, P.G.Nikitenko, V.T.Puliayev, V.A.Sokolov, A.I.Subetto, L.K.Fionova, A.P. Fedotov, A.A. Yanshin and others.
Such estimations were expressed also at the UN Conference on the sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, at the Summit of the Heads of States in Johannesburg in 2002 (RIO+10), in Rio de Janeiro in 1012 (RIO+20), but regretfully, they’ve been not included into the official documents of those Summits. The UN Secretary-General Pan Gi Mun stated at the International conference on sustainable development (RIO+20) in June of 2012: “the Planet is in the state of unprecedented crisis. We have to admit that the current model of the global development is not rational. We should find a new path to move further ahead”. We should add to this a Vernadsky’s thought that “a human being is an inevitable display of the great natural process”, and “the human being while reorganizing its own nature is reforming and developing inside himself dormant physical, intellectual and other essential (noospheric) forces”.
2. Crash of the capitalocratic world view of the economic management. Noosphere as a new quality of the Earth’s biosphere.
What does such crisis-prone path of the human development within latest 60-70 years mean? It only means that the global impact of the planetary scientific thought, implemented in the contemporary science, intellect, information and energy consuming technologies over the global ecosystem represented by the Earth’s biosphere, has acquires catastrophic measurement, that may be defined a crash of the capital-centric world-view of the economic management that is leading to the market – capitalist self-destruction of the Mankind. The First Phase of the Global Ecological Catastrophe will be followed by the Global Spiritual, Anthropological in essence Catastrophe.
The man of profit, the consumer man is ecologically collapsing because establishment and development of such species is being fed by the spiritual and moral values of material enrichment, of greed, of individualism, of cult of enjoyment and game inspired behavior.
We have to admit correctness of the Albert Gor’s estimations made in early 90es of the past century: “It all testifies about the spiritual crisis of modern civilization, which was brought up by its internal shallowness and lack of the great spiritual purpose”. “I came also to deeper understanding of the most terrifying of all facts that we may face nowadays: the civilization is capable to eliminate itself”.
Is the mankind going “all of a sudden to stop and freeze at the point of the capitalist arrangement of the world order that is destroying the Earth and the Human spirit?” (A.P.Fedotov) and “sink into oblivion as a result of our ecological perish in the 21st century?”
On this catastrophic background, when History, its Law of Time (P.G.Nikitenko) cast doubt on reasonability and spirituality of Mankind as well as its Future, the Noosphere acquires a new dimensional sense.
Noosphere is a new quality of Biosphere where collective human reason – social intellect, being built into the homeostatic mechanisms of the Biosphere starts to perform a function of the harmonizer of socio-biospheric relations and function of management of the socio-natural evolution at condition of obedience to the demands of general Laws of functioning and development of the Biosphere and of the Planet Earth as a whole.
3. Sustainable development of mankind upon market-capitalist basis is impossible.
Sustainable development of mankind upon market-capitalist basis of the household consumption of the natural resources is impossible currently as well as in remote perspective.
This is why all world society decisions concerning transition to mechanisms of sustainable development remain “paper decisions”, while the processes of the first phase of the Global Ecological Catastrophe go on and threaten to grow into the socio-biospheric collapse, as soon as the third decade of the 21st century, as state a number of modeled forecastings.
Under such state of things the plans are brewing in the heads of the world financial capitalocrates to pass to the New World Order, within strategy of the ecological salvation where the persons owning the best part of concentrated world capitals would administer the world resources, world information networks and dominate the peoples’ minds establishing a sort of the new order of slavery, where the masters will be the former money-changers and all the rest will become slaves… (as V.Yu.Katassonov – the leading economist, estimates in its analytical work “ Capitalism. HistoryandideologyoftheMoney-centeredcivilization”). According to Katassono such strategy is utopia and reflects the insanity of self-profiteering on the summit of the financial power mongering.
The contemporary science is debunking illusion of sustainable development in its market oriented capitalist format, to which the world capitalocratic establishment is trying to clutch. The capitalism is subject to criticism by the Nature itself through its ecological processes.
Exit of the mankind from abyss of the first stage of the Global Ecological Catastrophe demands of development of the new form of humanism/ i.e. the noospheric humanism, where the man is being humanized and quality of the human spirit and its intellect are being raised at a new level – the level of Responsibility for conservation of all the wealth of life on the Planet Earth, which in turn demand a new, noospheric, quality of education, science, culture and generally of all spiritual-moral system and accordingly – of noospheric quality of the forms of economic management accomplished by Man on Earth and of human social development.
4. Problem of ecological salvation of man on Earth – is a problem of humanization of man.
The first stage of the Global Ecological Catastrophe means that limits for development of contemporary society, which we are facing now – are the ecological Limits of the market-oriented capitalist man, motivated by the money and profit. “Self-interest is prone with insanity” said the great Russian philosopher Nikolai A.Berdiayev in 1918, as far back as 95 years ago. What we see now is the world of capitalism turning into the “Insane world”, doomed to ecological ruin.
The question that was put by the whole Evolution of Mankind on the Earth – is a question of humanization of man, of raising of man at the level of cosmo-planetary responsibility and reasonableness, of noospheric spirituality and morality.
The man is the reason of mankind’s sinking into the abyss of possible ecological ruin, and the man contains potential for ecological salvation of mankind.
5. Sustainable development of mankind in the XXI century is possible only within system of the basics of the noospheric paradigm.
It means thatSustainable development of mankind in the XXI century is possible only within system of the basics of the noospheric paradigm of development.
Here we talk about transition to the noospheric paradigm of development of society, science, culture, education and economy in the 21st century. Russia and Byelorussia possess all necessary prerequisites for such transition:
· Firstly: availability of Noospheric scholarship in Russia and Byelorussia and well formulated contents of such scientific school in the works of the scholars – founders of the school;
· Secondly: well developed and spread noospheric scientific and educational movement, result of which have become emerging noospheric knowledge and education and noospheric paradigm-forming synthesis of the scientific knowledge that is going on;
· Thirdly: a vernadskian revolution in the system of scientific world-view in Russia, Byelorussia and in the outer world is forming a response to challenges and imperatives of the Era of the Great Evolutionary Turnaround, that is being experienced by the whole Mankind.
6. XXI century is an epoch of Noospheric Breakthrough
The Limits actually occurred mean the End of Spontaneous Evolution of Mankind, the end of historical advancement by the path of tries and mistakes.
A powerful quantum leap in the energetic of the economy management on Earth in the 20th century demand similar quantum leap in management of the human development upon humanistic-noospheric foundation, i.e. it demands management of socio-natural evolution upon basis of social intellect and scientific-educational community.
The world of mankind is experiencing epoch of the change of the paradigms of History.
Karl Marx’s definition of the genuine history is undergoing noospheric development. The future history is becoming the current, i.e. adequate to the nature of man and the Nature of Earth, but only when it is acquiring dimensions of the managed socio-natural evolution.
Thus imperative of survivability in the 21st century may be realized only as an imperative of the manageability of socio-natural evolution.
It only means that even admissibility of sustainable development itself upon spontaneous basics of the human history is a utopia. The sustainable development itself demands a new quality of the historical process – the noospherical one, and this will be manageable socio-natural evolution upon social intellect and scientific-educational community.
While realizing such proposals one should keep in mind increasing impact of the Law of Time, which is defining objective change of the existing form of the human behavior by the new, noospheric logic of the socio-economical behavior of people in each regional territory of the Planet Earth for the sake of its salvation together with salvation of the mankind itself.
Thus we may state that the epoch that mankind is being surviving is and epoch of the Noospheric Breakthrough, of the change of Paradigms of History, transition to the History of the new type – the History that is being managed upon foundation of the noospheric paradigm of sustainable development.
Transition to the New Historical Paradigm – may be defined as birth of the genuine, real intellect that is freeing itself from illusory forms of relationship with the world of its existence – the Earth, the Sun, the Solar System, the Galaxy, the Universe and generally speaking – the Universum.
7. Message addressed to the whole World of Mankind: sustainable development may only be the noospheric one.
So, in Russia and Byelorussia a Message is born, addressed to the whole World of Mankind:
«There is no alternative to the Noospheric paradigm of sustainable development!».
To ecologically survive on the Earth will be able only man spiritually rich, man whose spirituality is sanctioned by the Mission of salvation of the Life of the Biosphere on Earth.
And only by means of salvation of the Nature from man himself – the creature hostile and aggressive to the Nature, senseless consumer seeking only money and enjoyment, the Man will save himself from ecological ruin.
It would be worth remembering, that rightness of known expressions of Russian writer Maxim Gorky in its play “At the bottom”: “Man – it sounds proudly”, as well as words of Byelorussian writer Yanka Kupala “we should call ourselves men” have to be proven by the very course of History of Russia, Byelorussia and of the whole Mankind.
Thus noospheric paradigm of sustainable development demands establishment of the society of social justice, of the Great Reject of the values of the private capitalist property – the market, the individualism that are leading mankind towards its ecological ruin!
The quest of the prominent thinker Eric Fromm “To be, or to have?” in relation to the mankind would grow into the quest: “To be on Earth upon foundation of noospheric development of human society or to perish from own ecological insolvency?”
Russia and Byelorussia, possessing experience of their own History, of their spiritual and cultural exploits and scientific-cosmic discoveries, possessing values of Truth, Love, collectivism, conciliarism, maintaining a cult of justice and wisdom (of Holy Wisdom) of the common being and economy management on the Earth may become Leaders of the Noospheric Breakthrough of the Mankind into the 21st century. Such time has already come.
150th anniversary of Vernadsky and the year 2013 as “Vernadsky’s year” shoule become and energy impulse to mobilization of spiritual-intellectual forces for such destination.
The Declaration has been discussed and approved at the Closing Plenary Cession of the International Scientific conference : “Vernadsky and noospheric paradigm of development of society, science, culture, education and economy in the 21st century”, held in Sankt Petersburg on the 12th-14th of March of 2013.
М the International Scientific conference held in Sankt Petersburg on the 12th-14th of March of 2013to discuss a tropic: “Vernadsky and noospheric paradigm of development of society, science, culture, education and economy in the 21st century”, as well as the Roundtable Sitting “Noospheric paradigm of the the global development of human society” that was held on the 22nd of March during the Moscow Economical Forum, support this Declaration and state as follows:
«To noospheric paradigm of sustainable development of the mankind, of Russia and of Byelorussia being alternative of the market-oriented capitalist system in the 21st century – YES!”
On behalf of more than 40 participants of the Roundtable Sitting:
The chief scientist of the “Russian scientific-research anti-plague institute “Microbe” A.K.Adamov, (Saratov), associate professor of the Moscow state technical university named after N.Bauman G.N.Bichev (Moscow), the General director of the All-Russian Centre of the life level, professor of Moscow state University named after M.Lomonossov, acting member of the Noospheric Public Academy of Science V.N.Bobkov (Moscow), head of the Chair of sustainable development of the University “Dubna”, acting member of RANS B.E.Bolshakov (Dubna, Moscow Provivce), chief scientist of the Institute for Systemic Analysis of the RAS, acting member of NPAS V.S.Golubev (Moscow), the President of the Noospheric Spiritual-Ecological World Assembly, acting member of NPAS L.S. Gordina (Moscow), leading scientist of the Institute of Economy of RAS, acting member of NPAS V.I.Onoprienko (Moscow), Pro-rector of the Smolny University of RAE, President of NPAS A.I.Subetto (Sankt Petersburg), Director of the Centre for Global Research of the Faculty of the Global Projects of the Moscow University named after M.Lomonossov, the President of the International Academy of Noosphere, acting member of NPAS A.D. Ursul (Moscow), President of the International university of Pitirim Sorokine – of Nikolai Kondratiev, acting member of NPAS Yu.V.Yakovets (Moscow).