The Sapientis Institute for Superior Scientific Synthesis offers educational and professional resources for Connatural Scientific Methodology (CSM).
CSM is a common sense analytico-synthetic mode of approaching any given subject matter. In development for 25 centuries, CSM is a way of cooperating with the natural development of the human intellect. As such, it transcends cultural and disciplinary boundaries, providing a way to properly systematize any scientific field with ease, order, and correctness--haphazard schools of research become natural and clear. When applied to the entirety of the scientific domain, CSM allows for a grand interdisciplinary synthesis classically called 'Philosophy'--we call it the Connatural System.
The Sapientis Institute offers two kinds of services:
The first is an educational endeavor: a unique online program that combines modern technology with the timeless value of the Connatural System. Through this medium we are able to reach potentially hundreds of thousands of students who, for reasons of geography, age and financial situation, would never be able to complete a course of Connatural Science in the conventional way.
It is our strongest conviction that by providing solid intellectual formation in the perennial principles of CSM we will reunite philosophy with science and science with common sense. Our educational endeavors aim to give students the tools for a general synthesis of human knowledge-from the evident facts of sense to the highest deductive truths.
Ultimately, the Sapientis Institute hopes to establish a school of higher studies where modern scientific and artistic ventures can mature under the watchful gaze of our perennial approach, where modern experiment will meet ancient experience, where intellect and sense will reunite.
The second is a service to client organizations who wish to apply CSM to their own professional fields. This corporate branch of the Sapientis Institute for Superior Scientific Synthesis is called SIS3. More information will be available soon at www.SIS3.org
"If we must devote ourselves to works of analysis we must remember: experience has only too clearly shown that analysis left to itself easily gives rise to narrowness of mind, to a sort of instinctive antipathy to all that is beyond observed fact, to positive tendencies, if not to positivist convictions.
"But science is not an accumulation of facts; it is a system embracing facts and their mutual relations.
"The particular sciences do not give us a complete representation of reality. They abstract: but the relations which they isolate in thought lie together in reality, and are interwoven with one another; and that is why the special science demand and give rise to a science of sciences, to a general synthesis, in a word, to Philosophy.
"Sound philosophy sets out from analysis and terminates in synthesis as its natural complement.Philosophy is by definition a knowledge of the totality of things through their highest causes. But is it not evident that before arriving at the highest causes we must pass through those lower ones with which the particular sciences occupy themselves?
"At the present day, when the sciences have become so vast and numerous, how are we to achieve the double task of keeping au courant with them all, and of synthesizing their results? That difficulty is a grave and delicate one.
"Since individual courage feels itself powerless in the presence of the field of observation which goes on widening day-by-day, association must make up for the insufficiency of the isolated worker; men of analysis and men of synthesis must come together, and form, by their daily intercourse and united action, an atmosphere suited to the harmonious development of science and philosophy alike."
-Désiré Mercier on the foundation of the Higher Institute of Philosophy in Louvain
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