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What is the sphere of your scientific interests?
It includes political history, political philosophy, social anthropology, psychology, sociology of youth.
What research are you working on currently?
I am finishing my scientific monograph about the destiny of youth movements in countries of Eurasia of the first half of the XX century. At the same time I'm busy with elaboration of principles of extreme anthropology. Besides, I also direct the group of young scientists investigating social and psychological problems of youth in the region.
What is your purpose in scientific work?
It is achievement of objective results. In my opinion, it is the only purpose in scientific researches.
What brings you joy in everyday life?
Any positive stuff. For example, we have a fine climate, central continental (the center of Eurasia, exactly the border between Europe and Asia) – motley many-colored fall has ended and soft fluffy white winter has come. Together with grandchildren we are waiting for Christmas and the New Year to come – everybody is so immensely glad and happy!
Could you disclose the contents of the concept of “happiness”?
Probably not. It assumes absolutely individual understanding. There is no abstract "happiness" at all.
What is your opinion about the development of the world science in the nearest future?
I think that the world science has always been developing and is still developing in a contradictory way. Everything depends on the level of demand for the scientific data. In the period of world wars the science has been developing extremely intensively: there was a great demand for scientific developments. In times of peace the science hasn’t been developing so quickly. But now times of uncertainty are coming again: the most advanced technologies are demanded once again. In the nearest future we will see surprising achievements (many of them may be still secret, therefore there is an impression that nothing is going on). Unfortunately, there is nothing new in the sphere of humanitarian knowledge: a person isn't inclined to philosophize, but seeks to get everything here and now. This is where the extreme anthropology should be applied – a branch I am engaged in.
In your opinion, can objective understanding of the surrounding reality include scientific and religious principles?
Absolutely not! Science and religion are two opposite frames of reference, representations, i.e. ideas. It is impossible to combine the incompatible. Actually, I can’t stand distortions in all-philosophical foundations of life. There is nobody who could ever be able to cancel the natural state of affairs in the world – fight and unity of two opposite contrasts. An advice to all scientists trying to impose their personal ideas on others: nobody bothers your life, so keep your religious beliefs to yourself. It is uninteresting and harmful for science.
In what ways does the GISAP project promote your scientific creativity?
In the GISAP project I have found something I have been looking for so long: free creative communication with scientists, especially with the young people - young researchers. Their responses, their reports, their ideas for me are the most valuable. But also adults, i.e. senior scientists give me a lot of useful information. It would be nice if my ideas interested them and brought them some benefit too.
What would you like to wish to organizers and participants of the GISAP project?
I am extremely grateful to organizers! I want to wish you and the participants of the Project further success, creative triumphs, inspiration, but also great happiness in private life!