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Dario Salas Sommer presents Internal Ecology at Global Warming Seminar

As a panelist invited to give a human perspective on the question of the environment, Dario Salas Sommer had the opportunity to speak and exchange points of view with the former vice-president of the United States, Al Gore, who showed great interest in his work and who received as a gift a signed copy of the new edition of the book Morals for the 21st Century, specially re-titled for the occasion as Internal Ecology: Morals for the 21st Century”.

The Chilean philosopher and researcher was one of the distinguished figures at the seminar “Global Warming and Climate Change: the Time for Action Has Come”, which took place on Friday, May 11, 2007, in Santiago, Chile and which had as its principal guest the former vice-president of the United States, Al Gore.

Dr. Salas Sommer participated in the panel entitled “The Human Perspective”, concerning the environmental crisis affecting our planet, and he shared the stage with ecologist Juan Carlos Castilla, winner of the ecology award of the BBVA Foundation and a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. The previous panel, “The Planetary Emergency and Chile”, included the Minister of Economy, Alejandro Ferreiro; the vice president of the World Council of Business and Sustainable Development, Julio Moura, and the businessman and ex-candidate for president, Sebastián Piñera.  The seminar was opened by the Minister for the Environment, Ana Lya Uriarte, and closed by the President of Chile, The Hon. Michelle Bachelet.

Before an audience of more than 2000 people, including the country’s highest officials and former presidents, Patricio Aylwin and Ricardo Lagos (who was recently named Special Envoy to the United Nations for Climate Change), the Chilean thinker laid out the results of more than forty years of research on the relationship between Man and the laws of Nature. Dr. Salas Sommer stood out for his novel audiovisual presentation featuring a lizard named “Pepe”.  In his presentation, he explained how the excessive dominance of our reptilian brain (personified by “Pepe”) over our higher cerebral functions converts us into instruments of a mechanistic paradigm, which seeks to satisfy egoistic interests without any consideration for the environment.

“All of our problems, including Global Warming, have their origin in this fragmented vision of reality that makes us feel as if we owned Nature, instead of being a part of it”, the researcher pointed out, adding, “The truth is, an event as important as global warming cannot take place without any connection to the emotions, actions and thoughts of the human species”.

Ecology Begins with Us

Dr. Salas Sommer’s presentation offered a new way to understand the causes of the environmental crisis, clarifying that each person has a responsibility in this context to comprehend that we have become a society with a high level of entropy, as a result of our inability to maintain an appropriate level of order and coherency within ourselves. The practice of Internal Ecology (the scientific discipline that studies the connections and the interaction between the internal world of individuals and Nature), therefore, seems to be the necessary first step if we are to make real, long-lasting changes in our environment.

“The time has come to replace the mechanistic paradigm with the quantum paradigm. We are accustomed to consider as real only that which we can see and touch, but quantum physics has demonstrated that fragmentation does not exist in the universe, but instead all things are united”, he explained, using a series of experiments performed in his laboratory that show how the magnetic field of individuals is sensitive to various stimuli, both internal and external, that affect their surroundings.

Dr. Salas Sommer’s presentation was followed with great attention by those attending the seminar and received emphatic applause. At the end, many of those present expressed great interest in the subject he had discussed, which served as an excellent complement to former vice-president Gore’s lecture.

The recently appointed Minister of the Environment, Ana Lya Uriarte, noted the value of  Dr. Salas Sommer’s proposal, in that it offers “a new vision that changes the paradigm on a personal level, with respect to the way in which we should understand our relationship with Nature”, providing an interesting complement to the objectives of the new minister, who has specifically set herself the task of changing the existing paradigms, but on the level of society as a whole.

The great media impact created by this seminar allowed the Chilean public and the media to get to know at first hand Dario Salas Sommer’s work. He has been recognized with the Ekomir Prize, “Order of World Salvation” and his contributions have been endorsed as a new scientific discipline by the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, RAEN – whose members include about twenty Nobel Prize winners.

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