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

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Experience itself takes place in terms of a subject, an object and a relation between them. According to the account furnished by idealism, experience is determined by the subject as the source. I shall deal with that theory in a later section of this chapter. Here I am undertaking the realist view, according to which experience must be said to begin with the object which, through the process of sense experience on the part of the subject, gets reflected to that subject. As observer the subject is at the mercy of the object when he is put in the perspective from which it can be observed, for he can observe it only as it appears to him.

Perception is deliberate in that the objects the subject perceives are independent of his perceptions of them. It is both genuine and at the same time partial. It discloses the impressions made by the object (which are always somewhat less than the whole object) on the perspective of the subject functioning as observer (always somewhat less than the whole observer). The observer senses qualities and perceives relations, and he does both by means of his sense organs and at the same time. Thus he sees that the wall is brown but in the same saccadic eye movements he sees also that it is a wall.

Meanwhile we must provide in our theory that knowledge can be greatly expanded without encountering the limits imposed on it by the brain. (2) The consistency of the system of knowledge is what Bradley endeavored to account for in his notion of a "finite center"12 or what Weinberg called "a solipsism without a subject"13 in a word, with a consistent system containing all of the experience we can remember, but cut off, so to speak, as a complete set of impressions and ideas. Such a solipsism is temporary only, and subject to renewal through a loss of falsity and a gain of truth.

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