ACIT is a project that follows two goals, both serving a unified purpose: interdisciplinary science and social impact. Its first goal is to connect open-minded people with interdisciplinary interests to critically analyze important questions within science, politics, and philosophy. We aim to establish a diverse network of passionate people from different universities and different backgrounds. By doing this, we can enable insightful discussions that expand the attendees’ knowledge beyond their specific expertise. These discussions have included topics such as understanding how the brain works by bringing together thinkers from neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, and robotics; figuring out how to make society a better place with a group of lawyers, sociologists, political scientists and economists; and business students investigating the feasibility of entrepreneurial ideas together with scientists of different fields. In short, we provide a non-profit platform for people to present critical reflections over a topic of interest to an audience of critical thinkers.
Our second goal is to bring people together in order to create social impact, where we have an emphasis on empowering individuals with educational opportunities and also strive to launch initiatives that improve overall wellbeing. The way we connect these social ambitions with our scientifically driven mindset is to lead our altruistic endeavours on evidence suggesting that certain methods, places, and times to help are more effective than others. Overall, whilst we organize meetings to expand people’s knowledge about science, politics, and philosophy, we also try to use the essence of this knowledge to systematically assess and evaluate different ways of helping people. We choose the most promising ideas to help others, just like we choose the most promising answers to scientific questions during our meetings.
The guiding principle of the association is a combination of the willingness to question one’s own beliefs, intellectual curiosity and human equality. That is, neither ethnicity, nor gender, nor socioeconomic status influence the way people are treated in the discussions. Instead, ACIT regards these differences of personal backgrounds as invaluable enrichments and opportunities to broaden one’s mind. It is thus evident that ACIT neither acquires a unified political position nor a clear ideology. A wide spectrum of opinions and a flexible way of thinking are the essence of this network that aims for intellectual exchange and not for dogmata.