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The Institute for Human Conceptual and Mental Development (IHCMD) is an independent, non-profit organization. It was set up in 1990 to facilitate independent research and study. It was to investigate the common human causes that lie behind persisting and growing cultural, religious, racial, political, social, economic, human individual and environmental problems, difficulties and crises we face and we create as a species globally today. Going beyond symptoms and consequences to understand the common, deeper-rooted problems, causes and developments that lie behind them. In turn, to understand the nature and direction of the answers and solutions, the steps toward a sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful future.

It involved questioning the fundamentals and essentials of how traditionally and today we understand and manage human existence and development. It required rethinking the fundamentals and essentials of human existence, and critically questioning traditional socio-cultural beliefs, views, values, conventions and practices. Such fundamental questioning could not take place within academia and the prevailing paradigm. Questioning the fundamentals and essentials of how traditionally and today we understand and manage human existence and development was not possible within existing organizational and institutional structures. It required an independent institutional setting to consider and discuss the issues beyond the pressure to conform to conventional wisdom and established practice.

The central questions that guided the research and study were: What about us is it that makes us understand and manage our existence and development in the harmful, destructive and counterproductive way we do? How as a species in our self-development and growth did we get to where we find ourselves today and the problems, difficulties and crises we create? How did we get to understand and manage existence and development in the way we do? What is the direction of the answers and solutions, the direction we need to take in our own development and growth to understand and manage human existence and development in sustainable, equitable, secure and peaceful ways?



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