Since the year 2002 the cogito foundation has conferred the «cogito-Award» six times to persons whose work fulfills the goals of the foundation particularly well. The «cogito award» in the amount of CHF 50’000.- is awarded bi-annually. We succeeded in uniting these laureates for a symposium (in German only) to deliberate on the topic "boundaries". This is a many-faceted topic. It has at least three meanings:
Frontiers: The confine between the known and the unknown, between the old and the new - the place for pioneers.
Borders: Boundaries between areas, domains, territories that need constant scrutiny. Are they useful or obtrusive? May they, should they be overcome?
Limits: the absolute confines. The limits of what is possible, the limits of knowledge. Scientific research inevitably encounters one of these boundaries. Each of the laureates reflected on this topic from his point of view. The discussion that followed intensified the dispute and revealed various approaches on how to come up to boundaries, and how to overcome them.
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