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CICS.NOVA

Interdisciplinary Centre  of  Social Sciences

ABOUT

Explaining the world in which I live is my profession and a passion. I am a scientist due to my training and the professional choices I made in the course of my career.

 

My discipline is interdisciplinarity. It enables me to understand that the naturalisation of the meaning of phenomena is complementary to the culturalization of nature. That is to say, we are used to the Manichaeism of the “two cultures”. On one hand, nature, objectivity, causal explanation, technique (exact sciences); on the other hand, culture, auto reflexion, comprehension, seizing an existentially proven meaning (human sciences). 

 

René Thom, Fields’ mathematics medal award of 1958, explains in his book of 1993 "Prédire n'est pas expliquer": to predict (in terms of quantitive models) is not to explain (qualitatively).

 

Thom was the creator of the catastrophe's theory that was later rewritten under the semiotic perspective of Per Aage Brandt, enabling the greatest scientific transfiguration of our century, the “Realist Turn”. Thom and Brandt put together the bases of the explanatory construction that I am building since 1991. According to this methodological vision, the individual lives simultaneously in three worlds: a natural world, a socio-cultural world and a more intentional intimate world (communication in its literal meaning) consisting of empathy and inter-human contacts; he lives in the present, the past and the future.

My present work articulates the "catastrophe's theory semiotics" with the analysis of objects such as the notion of border and the visual representations of the conspiracy theories.