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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:47 PM
 

Redefining the significance of human development is a central concern and directly or indirectly much of the work is designed to facilitate such development processes. The emphasis is as much on the personal development and maturation of the individual as on the development of the family or social context within which this can best occur. Interest encompasses the vital importance of the challenging obstacles and hardships necessary for significant human development and is thus not limited to furthering this process under ideal conditions.

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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:01 PM
 One of the most crucial human attributes is language. Language in invented within culture, learned by the personalities of a given society or community and explains the organization of the society or community.
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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:24 PM
 Since our species swung out of the trees, other ways of communicating and remembering have been useful to us, as they are to other animals. Tastes and smells are among the more subtle modalities, though they are, as yet, difficult for computers to cope with effectively. Sounds and sights are quite a different matter, as we use music and our perception of events like sunsets to enliven our existence and enhance our sense of what it means to be human.
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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:09 PM
 Language differs greatly within the culture of a society or community, hence in the organization of that society or community and hence in its personalities.
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by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 04:19 PM
 Some aspects of language are potentially universal. like STOP signs or mathematical notation. This aspect of language can be problematic as it was for French and is now for English. The capacity of the computer in translation, even in real time, can appear to modify this matter. However, deep differences in language due to gender, generation, "East-West", educational attainment and other features continue to complicate.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:39 PM
 

The development of a progressively more mature mode of action is a core preoccupation. Ways of transcending and using disagreement are sought, whilst recognizing the valuable function of such divisive processes. Fashionable problems and short-term methods are seen in a broader context, whilst cultivating a spontaneous sense of the immediate significance of the present. An elitist form of maturity is avoided by developing a creative attitude toward the function of ignorance.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:41 PM
 

The use of metaphor is to be fully explored as one of the few accessible ways of by-passing inherent delays in the processes of explanation, communication, and education. Such delays are considered a major obstacle to significant transformation of psycho-social systems. By cultivating the poetic dimension, metaphor is also to be used as a means of counter-balancing the sterilizing and dehumanizing effects of rational explanation. This is viewed as enhancing a vital feel for the organic relatedness of experience and as a stimulus to both imagination and creativity.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:47 PM
 

Care is taken to avoid those involved taking the enterprise or themselves too seriously. There are factors and dimensions which cannot be satisfactorily encompassed by current responses to experience, as the future must necessarily make apparent, unless major advances in comprehension are to be denied. The impact of these factors on the present can only be adequately encountered by cultivating a sense of mystery, awe, paradox, and humor.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:42 PM
 

Special attention is given to ways of facilitating the process of transforming the paradigms which determine basic attitudes towards experience. Such transformation extends beyond modification of the relationship of an ideal observer to rational frameworks. It encompasses collectivities of developing human beings for whom rational observation is but one condition in a pattern of ways of relating to experience. The emergence and decay of dogma is viewed as an unavoidable process to which a careful relationship must be established.

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by scott s - Friday, August 29, 2008, 04:42 PM
 

Exploration of the nature of the patterns that connect a wide variety of phenomena is of central concern. This extends beyond conventional approaches to integration, interdisciplinary, and general systems. It includes “enwholement”, its representation, and its comprehension, especially when transcending the contradictions of incompatible patterns or different modes of perception.


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