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Accumulating a body of accepted knowledge that has been systematized and formulated with reference to the discovery of general truths or the operation of general laws. Such knowledge is divided into fields, academically distinguished as disciplines or sciences, each with its own establishment, its own tradition, and its own form of enquiry, and linked mainly by the willingness of the participants in each to accept other participants as scientists and their disciplines as sciences. Science employs a combination of methods for progressively validating hypotheses, applicable only with varying degrees of cogency in the fields of the different sciences.
An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: what does happen is its opponents gradually die out and the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning (Max Planck).
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.