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The acquisition of data isn't a unmarried unrelated party yet particularly an adaptive approach during which previous acquisitions adjust current and destiny ones. partially I of this essay in epistemology it's argued that dealing with wisdom isn't a passive affair yet dynamic and energetic, regarding its continuance into the phases of assimilation and deployment. partially II a few particular concerns are raised and mentioned for you to discover the scale and the depths of the workings of adaptive understanding. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS "Activity as A resource of information" first seemed in Tulane reviews in Philosophy, XII, 1963; "Knowing, Doing and Being" in Ratio, VI, 1964; "On ideals and Believing" in Tulane reports, XV, 1966; "Absent gadgets" in Tulane stories, XVII, 1968; "The fact video game" in Tulane reports, XVIII, 1969; "Adaptive Responses and The Ecosys­ tem" in Tulane reports, XVIII, 1969; "The Mind-Body challenge" within the Philosophical magazine, VII, 1970; and "The wisdom of The recognized" within the foreign good judgment evaluate, I, 1970. half I dealing with wisdom bankruptcy I the matter of data I. the selected procedure you're approximately to learn a learn of epistemology, one that has been made of a pragmatic perspective. it isn't the 1st of such interpre­ tations, and it'll now not be the last.

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Action puts perspectives together in a way which allows for their organization by thought. I have pointed out that the observer selects his perspective; after that he must perforce observe what it opens up to him, for he is powerless to see it other than as it presents itself. What is called 'experience' is something which happens to the subject as a result of his exposure to an object. He may have chosen the direction in which his senses are turned, but what he finds there he must take as he finds it.

The light waves are changed when for sunlight the observer substitutes fluorescent lighUO Then what had formerly been seen as blue becomes purple. It really was blue, though, and now it really is purple. The observer by changing the light has placed himself in a different perspective and produced different conditions. No surface is ever irrevocably anyone color. It is possible to believe that and still to believe that color is not subjective. Given the conditions, in this case the kind of light and the kind of surface, then the color of the surface is fixed.

He is able to observe them because he recognizes them when they recur, as they do in a way in which the material objects of which they are parts do not. Relations, like qualities, recur. They are not similarities, for similarity involves the identity of parts whereas what I am talking about is the identity of wholes. That one form can have many appearances is a logical and material fact to which we have yet to accommodate ourselves. When relations and qualities recur, they are the same relations and qualities; they are identical, and identity is not a relation.

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