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Science Matters (SciMat)
Science Matters (SciMat) is a new discipline that treats all human-dependent matters as part of science, wherein, humans (the material system of Homo sapiens) are studied scientifically from the perspective of complex systems. That “everything in Nature is part of science” was well recognized by Aristotle and da Vinci and many others. Yet, it is only recently, with the advent of modern science and experiences gathered in the study of evolutionary and cognitive sciences, neuroscience, statistical physics, complex systems and other disciplines, that we know how the human-related disciplines can be studied scientifically. SciMat covers all topics in humanities and social sciences, with emphasis on the humanities. The idea of SciMat originated with Lui Lam in 2006. In May the next year, the first SciMat international conference was organized and cochaired by Maria Burguete and Lui Lam in Portugal. Presently, an international SciMat committee was established; three international conferences held (2007, 2009 and 2011; all in Portugal); two books--"Science Matters" (2008) and "Arts" (2011)--published in the new SciMat series (World Scientific). An international ScMat committee with 15 members has been formed. See documents below for more details. The next SciMat conference is on "Humanities as Science Matters," Oct. 15-17, 2013, O'Porto, Portugal (see poster in Documents).