President Boric at Future Congress: “Science protects us from dogmatism and offers us a guide to move in an increasingly complex world”


The Future Congress started this Monday in Santiago with the presence of President Gabriele Boricamong other high authorities of the political, academic and knowledge world, in the main science dissemination meeting in Latin America.

Under the title of “No real limit”, with the focus on the metaverse, with the enormous challenges it brings in times of social unrest and mental health problems around the world.

At the authority level, the event, held at the Teatro Oriente, was welcomed by Guido Girardi, father of the event and executive vice president of the Fundación Encuentros del Futuro.

Virtual messages were also sent by Álvaro Elizalde, president of the Senate, by his colleague Francisco Chahuán, by the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Vlado Mirosevic, by the minister of Science, Silvia Díaz, by the rector of the University of Valparaíso and president of CUECH, Álvaro Corrales, Cecilia Hidalgo, President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, Daniel Fernández, President of the Encuentros del Futuro Foundation, Jorge González, Executive Director of the Providencia Cultural Foundation, and the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis.

Boric’s speech

The President addressed topics such as politics, feminism, science and education in his speech.

“It’s tremendously challenging to be in this place and remember that despite the meteoric progress of science and technology, politics continues to have huge challenges that we can act on now,” he said.

Then the president highlighted that in the greetings there were only two women (Cecilia Hidalgo and the minister of science Silvia Díaz), to underline that “feminism, and women, who have claimed their right to equal participation”, and “the science” are related topics.

“We must reflect and be capable of this too,” he warned.

science and politics

Boric said it was a pleasure for him to be there, first as president-elect and now president-incumbent, at a landmark event for Latin America and the world.

He then stated that “the words of the president of Romania remind us that we are totally connected”, as well as underlining the impact of the event on social networks and the eagerness to listen to scientists.

“Science protects us from dogmatism and offers us guidance to navigate an increasingly complex world,” he added.

Knowledge as a collective construction

Boric also congratulated the organizing team of the Congress of the Future, not only for the central event, but also for organizing face-to-face events in the 16 regions, “which will influence people in all regions, of all ages, meeting and generating networks”.

Faced with an “oppressive everyday life”, Boric was also positive, stating that “the future can be happy, optimistic”.

He also underlined that the construction of knowledge is collective, and is the result of years of work, for which “it is worth remembering the pioneers of science who have left us lessons that are still valid today”.

And he remembered a biography of the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt, who was flattered that he knew of the ocean current named after him, but remembered that fishermen had known about it for centuries.

“All knowledge is built collectively, with accumulated knowledge, ancestral and local. The world does not separate from us, it is a collective construction. There as a government we have a responsibility,” he concluded.

Science and education in Chile

Boric then addressed the issue of science in Chile, among other things on the subject of investments, which currently reach 0.35% in Chile, far from the 2.6% of the OECD average.

“The commitment is to advance at 1% of GDP, it is to triple it. This year we have taken a first step. Science has grown in the budget by 13%, against 4.2 in the general budget. Science and knowledge is the pillar of our development model”, he remarked.

“We have a lot to offer the world. We often think of lithium, copper, green hydrogen. But it’s not just raw materials, it’s also knowledge, it’s science, creativity, innovation. territory, but we are not making the most of it. Perhaps the main task is the training of girls and boys, ”she said.

The President spoke of the need to stimulate critical thinking and underlined that “nineteenth-century teaching does not allow it”. He also mentioned school dropouts and the impact of the pandemic on education.

“You have to restore the sense of authority, but also offer an attractive education, and science has a huge challenge there. We’re working on it,” he said.

He also established a link between science and democracy.

“For science to be liberating, societies must be democratic and free. We have said at the top that democracy cannot be taken for granted. We have seen it in the United States, in Brazil very recently, the crisis in Peru, we as a country they’re not aliens,” he said.

In this sense, he stressed the need to strengthen democracy, within the framework of the 50th anniversary of the coup d’état, is fundamental.

“We can do more,” he insisted. Preventing “any authoritarian conspiracy depends on us protecting our institutions”, she said, as well as asking for the need to “build a community dialogue”.

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