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The French monthly “Sciences Humaines” was published 20 years ago. A special issue was designed to recapitulate and compare ideas and theories prevalent years ago with current paradigms in human sciences.  How  the current scientific community view mankind, nature, the universe, and the interactions among the three entities?

Thus, the 300 issues were studied and analyzed to review topics that range from culture/nature, emotions, environment, family, genders, history recounting, identity, individualism, intelligences, market, globalization, neuro-sciences, philosophy, institutional power, religion, society, work, violence, and the web. I will develop on most topics in later articles.

“We have thought that…Now, we know or we believe that…”

The previous 20-year was called the “Golden Age” of human sciences and many paradigm shifts displaced and challenged previous concepts and theories.  A review of the foundations of structuralism, Freud methodology, Marxism ideology, forms of capitalism, hybrid concepts, newer scientific tools, multilateral theories, crisis of identity, power organization, new emerging powerful nations, tag clouds interpretations, cluster analysis procedures, dominant trends such as West versus East, or North versus South hemispheres…are approached.

It is interesting to get into the context of technology 20 years ago.  There were no cellular phones or internet.  Faxing documents was the magical medium to quick transfer of written materials, sort of fax to fax interviews.  Soon, Tim Berners-Lee inaugurated the information highway age of the web.

The “golden age” of the “great stories”, oriented toward progress and modernization, is inching to the new era of multi-culture communities and the relative evaluation of value systems.  The world is no longer viewed from the perspective of pure categories and universal truths, but moving to attitudes of hybrid approaches and admitting that complexity is the reality of the universe and mankind behaviors.

Dominant ideologies are making rooms for diversity of opinions, silent revolutions, and mass youth non-violent revolutions (current Arab people uprising). For example, globalization is not simply and generally referred to in keywords such as developing nations, international commerce, neoliberalism, networking, the end of history, the fading away of nationalist sentiments or aspirations… New keywords referring to globalization are superseding the previous keywords such as financial crisis, food subsidies, emerging nations, China, India, economic power poles, southern hemisphere,…

Growth rate is currently viewed in different perspectives such as sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity, cleaner environment, climatic changes problems,… People are more concerned with financial crashes, collapsing of computer systems, power grid outages, nuclear power plant disasters, disappearance of thousands of original languages, dislocation of family fabrics, monoparent and homoparent (same sex) trends…

The debate of nurture versus nature is supplanted by the hybrid notion of natural mankind, very affected by external forces altering his neuron connectivity and regeneration; animals are viewed as endowed with emotions, intelligence and even moral behaviors.  Emotions are playing central stage and gradually displacing the cherished logical rational paradigm in influencing decisions, social communication, and economic trends…Keywords such as links, network, flux, fluid, risk are invading descriptions of social association and communication…

History has shifted from total history concepts and stories to very local history of regions, towns,  community, family history,particular feudal and sectarian types of organizations…Emancipation of women at specific time period, struggle and fights of women for equal rights, job opportunities, roles and function in society…

Diversification of cultural identities within a State and determined opposition to total integration and fusion in a single social fabric  are pressuring government to review alternative frameworks to defining the concept of citizenship and human rights obligations according to the UN Charters…

How power is represented through the Big Brothers dominion of information, intelligence gathering, and control of private life, and through the multinational companies value systems for altering fundamental moral values and ethical standards…

Macro economics is of the past, even micro economics is making room to neuro-economics.

Technology has moved from micro to nano-technology.

All these transformations happened within two decades span. How could you predict the future 20 years from now? Would you feel comfortable envisioning a world getting tinier, smaller dwelling places, overpopulated megalopolis, fewer green spaces, restricted communities, faster pace life-style, diminishing open space entertainment events, education requiring fluency in many languages, and empatizing with many cultures living in your neighborhood…


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