Why do we run the T-invariant

Machine trans­la­tion

It is now impos­si­ble in Russia to freely dis­cuss the impor­tant things. The media in Russia can no longer describe and ana­lyze the ongo­ing cat­a­stro­phe and call things by the names they are called. Honest reflec­tion is taboo or outlawed.

The T-invari­ant is cre­at­ed to become a free media plat­form: the edi­tors and sci­en­tists are locat­ed out­side of Russia, and this is a delib­er­ate posi­tion in the cur­rent cir­cum­stances. But we are not start­ing our media from scratch; on the con­trary, we are fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of our col­leagues — sci­en­tists and sci­ence jour­nal­ists — who have estab­lished a tra­di­tion of reg­u­lar reflec­tion on sci­en­tif­ic pol­i­cy, sci­en­tif­ic advances, and social process­es. The tra­di­tion of sci­en­tists eval­u­at­ing the tran­sient or trag­ic events accord­ing to their own invariants.

An invari­ant is some­thing that remains unchanged with respect to cir­cum­stances, even when the point of view shifts. Almost every sci­en­tif­ic field has its own invari­ants — the speed of light in physics, ele­men­tal com­po­si­tion in chem­istry, the genet­ic code in biol­o­gy, the same for all liv­ing organisms.

The invari­ants of a devel­op­ing civ­i­liza­tion are ratio­nal­i­ty, cre­ative and crit­i­cal think­ing, the quest to grasp the pic­ture of the world. In the most con­cen­trat­ed form these invari­ants are rep­re­sent­ed in science.

The T-invari­ant is a media with the mis­sion to con­stant­ly remind us of these time­less civ­i­liza­tion­al invari­ants, and to unite the com­mu­ni­ty of peo­ple who hold them as liv­ing values.

Today our pic­ture of the world is dis­fig­ured by war, crush­ing thou­sands of price­less lives. It also destroys the invari­ants of civ­i­liza­tion. This is a war of the archa­ic with the future. It is there­fore not sur­pris­ing that hun­dreds of thou­sands of sci­en­tists around the world have spo­ken out against the war. Among them there are many who have left Russia and those who have remained in it. We want the voic­es of all sci­en­tists who defend their con­stants to be heard.

The con­fronta­tion between civ­i­liza­tion and archaicism is not an episode, but the way of human his­to­ry. There have been vic­to­ries and defeats along the way. And the fact that now the ter­ri­to­ry of the Russian lan­guage is tem­porar­i­ly occu­pied by archa­ic forces, the fact that they use it for destruc­tive lies, does not mean that our lan­guage should be aban­doned. On the con­trary, we should be even more active in dis­cussing in Russian the time-invari­ant val­ues of sci­ence and civ­i­liza­tion. For cen­turies, they have been mak­ing their way through wars and his­tor­i­cal con­texts. Our pic­ture of the world is incom­plete, and now it is also par­tial­ly destroyed. It is time to rebuild it. We have a lot of work to do.

T-invari­ant Editorial Board

P. S. The occu­pa­tion by the archa­ic forces of Russia’s infor­ma­tion space has a spe­cif­ic man­i­fes­ta­tion in our case. The T-invari­ant web­site has been blocked in Russia since last spring, due to the pub­li­ca­tion of an anti-war let­ter from sci­en­tists on it, and it is impos­si­ble to read us there with­out a VPN. However, we are sure that you will find a solu­tion, and also sub­scribe to us on pod­cast plat­forms, YouTube and social networks.

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