Building Character and Culture

Building Character and Culture

Building Character and Culture

Building Character and Culture

Synopsis

If we are ever to solve the problems of society we must understand how humans function as both the creators and creatures of an evolving culture. Only by viewing socialization as the ongoing product of social interaction in the context of a hierarchy of dynamic, self-organizing, feedback systems will we begin to build the scientifically reliable knowledge that can provide us with the conceptual tools necessary to ensure our survival and the health of our ecology.

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I would like to thank all those people who have encouraged me in this project, since its conception a number of years ago when my longsimmering concern about the direction in which our culture was going began to mature into outright consternation. My appreciation goes especially to Dr.Erika Erdmann, publisher and editor of Humankind Advancing, for her unfailing enthusiasm and support. I also want to extend thanks to the Unitarian Church community of the Vancouver area for providing me with a venue for developing moral education guidelines and curricula, and to Fran Hodgkinson and Conrad Hadland for organizing and leading discussion groups that gave me feedback, from the perspective of the general reading public, on preliminary sketches of some of the key material. Theo Meijer, an instructor in the International Baccalaureate Program at Abbotsford, British Columbia, has also earned my sincere gratitude for editing the entire manuscript in its final stages. Al Cox, formerly of the Psychology Department of Langara College in Vancouver, deserves special mention as well, for his contributions to an early version of Appendix B.

This book has benefited greatly from the help of colleagues who read and commented on early drafts of the various chapters, providing me with invaluable criticism and suggestions for improvement. I would like to mention the following: Dr. James Alcock of the Department of Psychology at York University; Dr. Susan Crawford of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Dr. Donald Fisher of the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia; Dr. Susan Haack of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami; Dr. Roger Herz-Fischler of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at . . .

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