Volume 9, Issue 4 (July & August 2018 2018)                   BCN 2018, 9(4): 297-305 | Back to browse issues page

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Saebipour M R, Zare M, Ghaemi K, Joghataie M T. The Conference of the Birds: An Old Artistic Concept Making Sense in Modern Sciences. BCN. 2018; 9 (4) :297-305
URL: http://bcn.iums.ac.ir/article-1-843-en.html
1- Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran.
2- School of Computer Sciences, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3- Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran.
4- Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

In this article, we will discuss scientific aspects of an old Persian story, Simorgh, in the book of The Conference of the Birds. The story is fulfilled with artistic and philosophical metaphors that make sense in two hot topics of the contemporary modern sciences i.e. cognitive science and complexity science. The poet addresses some humanity’s bygone concerns and fundamental questions about self, the quality that shapes a person’s uniqueness, and essential existence. The sophisticated language used in the poem contains allusions, symbols, and implications that are interpreted in five main topics. We think that the story deserves to be the touchstone for questions on the nature of the mind, including the profound question of humanity’s search for self and meaning of life.

Type of Study: Commentary | Subject: Behavioral Neuroscience
Received: 2016/10/5 | Accepted: 2017/03/9 | Published: 2018/07/1

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