NFSI 2019 – Keynote Address – Day 3

१८-१२-१९ दिनाङ्के  चिन्मयविश्वविद्यापीठे  NFSI अन्ताराष्ट्रीयसङ्गोष्ठ्याः तृतीये दिने प्रो.नारायणन्श्रीनिवासन्महोदयस्य दिक्सूचिभाषणं प्रवृत्तम् ।

“कालस्यानुभूतिः” इति विषयमधिकृत्य महोदयेन व्याख्यानं कृतम्। तेन च उक्तं यद्  विषयाणाम् अनुभूतिः काले भवति, तद्वदेव कालस्यानुभूतिः अपि भवति, न कालस्य अनुभूत्यर्थं चक्षुरादिवत् स्वतन्त्रम् इन्द्रियं अस्ति, चैतन्यं विषयशून्यम् इति भासते परन्तु न तत् तथा अस्ति,अनुकूलप्रतिकूलपरिस्थित्यनुसारं समये भिन्नता अनुभूयते अस्माभिः। कालमापने शाब्दिकपरिगणनाद्युपायाः उपयुज्यन्ते शास्त्रज्ञैः इत्यादयो विचाराः प्रतिपादिताः । विभिन्नप्रयोगैः महोदयेन प्रतिव्यक्ति कालस्य भिन्नता कथं अनुभूयते इति च दर्शितम्।

 व्याख्यानानन्तरं प्रश्नोत्तरेण सत्रस्यास्य समाप्तिः जाता।

The theme for Day 3 of the NFSI 2019 was ‘Consciousness and Well-being’. The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad on the topic ‘Experience of Time’.


Prof. Srinivasan began by elucidating how every experience of time we have is embedded in a subjective timeline. He presented three ways of measuring the experience of time, namely verbal estimation, reproduction, and bisection. He further said attention, intention, self-association and predictability are the conceptual factors which influence our perception of time.


He then moved on to the experience of consciousness in time. Through his exposition, he highlighted two main standpoints – Consciousness with content and Consciousness without content. In the former view, the ARAS Model of Metzinger supports the theory that Consciousness cannot be devoid of content and that any such experience is nothing but an illusion. This is along the lines of what the Nyaya school of philosophy argues. However, Advaita Philosophy disagrees with this viewpoint stating that Consciousness is ‘contentless’ and continues in nature. He stated that both hypotheses need to be substantiated through empirical research to gain further clarity.


After an engaging question and answer session, Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan was felicitated by Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, marking the end of the final keynote address at the NFSI 2019.

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