Altius and Fortius”
This is the slogan of the modern
Olympic Games and symbolizes the history of humanity’s
challenges in the 20th century. People have consistently
overcome the threshold of physical performance through
the Olympic Games with endurance and patience. The energy
and vigor of challenge have become a part of our society’s
culture. The energy to challenge limits and impossibility
is the source of the advancement in human civilization.
Since the significant material development was brought
during the 20th century, human beings have started seeking
for new challenges. Behind the splendid scenes of the
material civilization there is arousing desire for retrieving
humanity itself and spiritual value. That desire is
requiring new changes in our culture.
In line with this current of the times, Ilchi Lee
established the The International Brain HSP Olympiad (IHSPO)
after long preparation, recognizing the need for an
international event to bring about a new paradigm for
a new age. He has been working for 25 years on introducing
his own brain-based education program all over the world,
which focuses on the brain as the answer to the various
problems in human society and aims at restoring the
full capacity of the brain.
HSP refers to Health, Smile and Peace. It is also the
acronym of Heightened Sensory Perception, which refers
to the capacity to perceive objects without visual input.
The IHSPO emphasizes the creativity and the pursuit
of peace which are fundamental function of the brain.
The IHSPO is held every year. The first IHSPO and its
establishing ceremony were held in Seoul, Korea in 2005.
The second IHSPO 2006 with its message of ‘New challenge
for the brain’ has been gaining more and more attention
than the previous Olympiad. The president of the Republic
of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace Prize
laureate, is one of co-presidents of this event. The
Korean National Commission for UNESCO is one of major
supporting organizations of IHSPO. UNESCO is also an
official sponsor of the International Science Olympiad.
The IHSPO started in Korea and is now expanding over
the world with increasing international attention.
As the spirit of the challenge from modern Olympics
lit the fire for the material civilization, the IHSPO,
which is based on developing the infinite potential of a human
brain, will be the foundation to open the new era of
challenge where material and spiritual values are harmonized
by utilizing the infinite power of the brain.