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ArticleName On the problem of contouring core values for the future of rock mechanics (Publisher’s view)
DOI 10.17580/gzh.2020.01.01
ArticleAuthor Vorobev S. A., Vorobyev A. A.

Ore and Metals Publishing House, Moscow, Russia:

S. A. Vorobev, CEO, Candidate of Engineering Sciences,


1Ore and Metals Publishing House, Moscow, Russia ; 2Moscow Pedagogical State University, Institute of Social Humanitarian Education, Moscow, Russia:
A. A. Vorobyev, Deputy CEO1, Postgraduate Student at Department of Philosophy2,


The paper is devoted to the problem of conceptual approaches to contouring core values for the future of rock mechanics. A special attention is paid to the historical precedents: discussions and meetings between specialists in mining and geological sciences and academic philosophy in the first half of the 1980s (retrospective collection of the articles and monographs on development problems of these sciences and critics of issues of natural sciences and technical innovations is presented). The role of Gornyi Zhurnal in preserving and maintaining the required level of interdisciplinary synthesis of sciences is emphasized. The problems and challenges arising before the professional rock mechanics community are formulated as: operation in the conditions of lack of remedies, archaic legal and regulatory framework, and sophistication of technical aims. It is noted that the listed challenges are associated with hierarchically more complex problem—gradual destruction of the unipolar world and inevitable fundamental challenges and opportunities, caused by this destruction itself. The key problems suggested to be raised within the discussion sites of the II Technical Council are underlined and stated in the ultimately simplified and universal formulations. The internal and complex cause–effect relationship between the actual rock mechanics issues is emphasized. It expands over the “narrow borders” of the subject towards scale widening of formulation and solution of problems via so-called “resource arrangements” (the practical example of such arrangements is presented). The final part of the article includes explanation of the principally important aspect of interaction between the Technical Council participant and scientific–production periodical media (presented by Gornyi Zhurnal) as the main area for the serious discussions of current rock mechanics problems requiring high-skill solution. The core value measurement of this interaction is underlined.
The authors appreciate participation of V. A. Eremenko, Director of Research Center for Applied Geomechanics and Convergent Technologies in Mining, Professor, Doctor of Engineering Sciences in preparation of this article.

keywords Technical Council, rock mechanics, future image, values, conceptual approach, applied science, resource arrangement, philosophy of natural sciences and technical innovations, interdisciplinary synthesis

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