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ERIC Number: ED419264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 17
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Organizing for the Future Requires the Non-Aristotelian Lens of a Dragonfly.
Collins, Marla Del
To organize for the future requires non-Aristotelian thinking...a multifaceted wide-angle lens revealing hidden information. A multifaceted lens includes at least three general systems of evaluation, all of which promote complex thinking. The three systems are general semantics, postmodern feminist philosophy, and the unifying principle of transformation. Each contributes to an understanding of dualism from unique angles. General semantics illumines to what extent dualism influences human language, thought, and actions. Postmodern feminist philosophy reveals how dualism segregates human beings into categories of superior versus inferior beginning with gender identity. The unifying principle of transformation identifies dualistic thinking as one of several phases in social development. Human social organization is radically shifting from linear, replicating patterns, to complex non-linear patterns. Sophisticated information media and worldwide transportation have created a broad base of common information and along with it, a much higher probability of newly combined information, beliefs, ideas, and cultures. Along with this new complex level of adaptability comes cooperation on a global level, a synergism between contrasting beliefs and concepts, inventiveness, social determinism and creative exploration. To thrive in a new century of multiple dimensions, multiple values, multiple directions, and multiple levels requires a deeper understanding of why people think the way they think in order to evolve beyond dualism. (Includes 30 notes; attached is a chart representing "dualism.") (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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