I would like to give my sincere thanks to the members for allowing me the role of the president at the 4th International Seminar on Biocosmology and the 3rd International Conference on Comparative Studies of Mind at Seoul. Since established in 2010, the Biocosmological Association (BCA) has been developed without cessation and in the last year achieved excellent advance that it gave birth to its cherish child, ‘the Asian Center for Biocosmology (neo-Aristotelism) and Mind Studies (ACBMS)’. I highly appreciate all the dedicated members as well as Konstantin Khroutski’s devotion to the prosperous growth of our Association. All of your concern and cooperation brings our Association distinct and brighter.
I am really pleased to communicate all of the members with my plan for taking a step forward in the future. It is a plan to make one of the best academic societies. It seems too ambitious to accomplish for a short time. Nevertheless, if all the members have a communal willingness toward such purpose, there will be no great odds, I believe. Therefore I dare to make plea for your hands.
Since establishing this Association, the first President, Prof. Victor Kozlov, Secretary Dr. Konstantin Khroutski, and many other members have made great works that paved the way for further progress of the fledgling association. We can catch favorable signs from what we have done such as regular publication of the journal ‘Biocosmology – neo-Aristotelism’, continuous international seminars, expansive cooperation with regional academic societies, including Novgorod State University after Yaroslav-the-Wise in Veliky Novgorod, Russia; Witten/Herdecke University, Germany; Kumamoto University, Japan; and Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea in 2012; and the establishment of ACBMS. Moreover, what is hopeful is that many members have met each other several times and developed close solidarities with each other.
Now it is the time when we take off for the further leap toward the best global association. It is not limited only to my opinion that the name of our association, ‘BIOCOSMOLOGY’ is a very initiating and connotative concept that can be related to various academic research fields and thus various approaches have been presented at the Seminars and published in our Journal. In my esteem, the concept of ‘BIOCOSMOLOGY’ will make it feasible to work kinds of integrated researches or interdisciplinary studies and Biocosmological practices that each member of our Association will join in.
I would like to set forth my ideas and plans, and ask for your cooperation: First, friendship among members will be an important basis of our Association’s development and success. Second, more active and closer cooperation in the exchange of ideas and researches will be emphasized. Third, planning of worldwide co-research projects and realization of the plan will be considered. For the planning and realization of the research projects I will knock the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea or other sponsors. Let's develop good agenda and fields for our co-researches. Fourth, in considering the significance of our e-journals (‘Biocosmology – neo-Aristotelism’ and ‘Proceedings of the Asian Centre for Biocosmology and Mind Studies’) we need tighten the requirements to an article prepared for the publication. If fruits of the co-research projects will be published in the journals, it will be one of the best achievements of our Association. Finally, it is necessary for us to manage our BCA by associating its activity with the Society of Mind Studies, because the Asian Center has directions not only to Biocosmological Researches but also to Mind Studies. If the work is done, we will harvest more valuable fruits.
I think that joining the Association and co-working with members is an important life for each and every one. Therefore, what we care is how to enjoy the life. I hope all members join the Biocosmological activities and enjoy their privileges.
Thanks a lot to all the fellow members.
Kwon Jong Yoo
President of the Biocosmological Association