Since I wrote the last essay “Paradigms Lost” on the loss of paradise due to the acquired knowledge making pun on the famous epic, 12 years have passed. It was an introduction of the challenge of interdisciplinary researches as a counter concept of highly divided science. Value of the term “Paradigm shift ” was lost due to the excessive use as well as declining by Thomas Kuhn, but no matter how many times they are changed, categorized paradigms themselves are not effective to investigate the complicated sustainability issues, and consideration and pursuit of the essential problem by the joint efforts over the borders. We believe this is an important methodology to challeng the Sustainability problems that jeoparmize the survibal of human kind, such as resource, environment, pandemic, poverty or disaster. Recycling of material and energy, or resilience of human society could be effective solutions, but the SDGs, indeed it is good targets, are misunderstood to have much shorter time constant than its essential problems. We would like to pursue more profound mechanism and structure of the origin of this sustainability issues.
As one of the Research Units Exploring Future Horizons under the KURCA, this Research Unit for Realization of Sustainable Society has newly established as the successor of the previous units has started its activity. I expect we can actively enjoy this style of generously bound interdisciplinary study style with little fear of failure, and would eventually deployed as practical implication in the real world.
Unit Director Prof. Satoshi KONISHI
Gokasho Uji-city, Kyoto