Westlake University Holds Its 2022 Huxin Lecture Series Summer Session: Rationality and Worldview

12, 2022

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On July 23, Westlake University hosted the summer session of our increasingly popular Huxin Lecture Series. Huxin Lectures are part of Westlake University’s commitment to give back to the public that has given us so much support. Through the series, Westlake explores innovative methods for science education and cross-disciplinary understanding, and provides opportunities to engage and inspire the next generation of scientists and scholars.

For this year’s Huxin Lecture Series summer session Westlake University invited Qikun Xue, physicist, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and President of Southern University of Science and Technology, and Lian Zhou, philosopher and professor of the School of Philosophy of Renmin University of China to attend as special guest speakers. The session, called Rationality and Worldview, sought to explore intersections between science and the humanities.

Qikun Xue gave a presentation titled The Three Realms of Doing Science, exploring physical science reserch as well as his idea of the three realms of 'tools, materials, and goals'.

Qikun Xue Speaks at Huxin Lecture

Lian Zhou quoted the famous line of British economist John Maynard Keynes, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” Zhou then engaged in an open conversation with the audience about the deep meaning behind such a statement as well as other thought-provoking discussions.

Lian Zhou Speaks at Huxin Lecture

In typical Huxin Lecture Series fashion, the presentations were followed by an engaging Q&A session, which was joined by Westlake University President Yigong Shi. The three thinkers discussed questions from scientific methodology to the perspectives of narratives in the world.

Westlake University President Yigong Shi

For this session, Westlake University invited middle school students to join us for the event. More than 100 curious teenagers joined dozens of our new undergraduate students and other guests to explore the unknown with the Huxin Lecture Series session.