Outgrowing Self-Deception

Outgrowing Self-Deception

Outgrowing Self-Deception

Outgrowing Self-Deception

Synopsis

The suppression of war has been the primary objective of the United Nations for almost fifty years, and stopping a war before it starts is easier than ending a war already underway. History, however, has shown that military interventions and economic sanctions often do more harm than good. In "Preventive Diplomacy," Nobel prize winners, top officials, and revered thinkers tackle these issues and explore the process of conflict prevention from humanitarian, economic, and political perspectives. This cross-disciplinary reader on global politics demonstrates that when new insights and methodologies on public health are applied to the handling of international disasters, the change in policy perspective is intriguing--even hopeful.

Excerpt

Perceiving is a skill. We think of fencing and embroidery as crafts, but perceiving is a craft, too—indeed, a craft upon which the wielding of the foil or the needle depends. the tea taster and the wine sampler detect the nuances of aroma and bouquet that others miss; they cut through the perceptual "haze." the musician's "ear" is not anatomical but refers to his skill in apprehending.

Though personally without musical gift, I learned to "hear" music in an adolescent experience. For four years in college, I dutifully attended symphony concerts but did not "hear" them. Then, one evening I sat at the very tip of the tilted horseshoe in the balcony of Carnegie Hall, and was able to look straight down at the cellist and watch the fingering of the woodwinds. Identifying the instruments as I picked them out against the background of full orchestration, I found that I could perceive music. Ever afterward, having gone through this phase of perceptual learning, I could "hear."

It is different with each of us, but whatever our cultural and family background of hearing or unhearing, seeing or unseeing, we have had a lot of perceptual learning to do be-

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