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Topic: A little parting wisdom from Wendell Johnson
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Carleton Washburne

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A little parting wisdom from Wendell Johnson
Posted: Dec 25, 2017 5:02 PM
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"What is particularly to be underlined in all this is the notion of the process character of reality, a notion that is peculiarly basic in the scientific view of the world and of man. The great laws of science, themselves held subject at all times to revision, are laws concerning the continuous processes of reality -- what Max Born has so aptly called the 'restless universe.' The ultimate purpose of science is not merely to study these processes, certainly not to resist them, but rather to predict and thus to control them, in order that men may stay attuned to the great flux of nature by which they are surrounded and of which they themselves are part. A scientific way of life rests squarely on a clear recognition of all this, a constant awareness of change, flux, process; a frank rejection of the belief that reality is basically static, that there is nothing new under the sun, that history merely repeats itself." PEOPLE IN QUANDARIES, Wendell Johnson, pp. 32-33

Johnson, writing from the perspective of Korzybski's general semantics (SCIENCE AND SANITY) and Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy (PROCESS AND REALITY), would no doubt have been very comfortable with Buckminster Fuller's ideas and work, as well as Robert Anton Wilson's later notions of quantum psychology. He would have been far less sanguine with the views of that well-known purveyor of essentialism and nominalism, Wayne Bishop.

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