The Contact between Minds: A Metaphysical Hypothesis

The Contact between Minds: A Metaphysical Hypothesis

The Contact between Minds: A Metaphysical Hypothesis

The Contact between Minds: A Metaphysical Hypothesis

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The purpose of this book is very limited. It is not a theory of reality. It is an attempt to determine the character of only one element in reality, namely the relation between minds which is referred to in common speech as communication or co-operation. And even that relation is not here analysed psychologically, for the subject here is philosophy or metaphysics. To analyse the kinds of communication and discover their necessary conditions would require psychological experiment; and although the results of some past experiments are, in fact, relevant, the presence of communication between minds has not been much noticed by psychologists. For example, whenever we test acuity of sense and refer to the "real" weight or the "real" size of objects, we are using a standard which implies communication of minds; but that does not suffice as evidence for its psychological character. Socrates, worried by the orthodox, said he had enough religion for his needs; and the experimental psychologist may say that he has enough metaphysics for his needs. So also may the students of the various "social" sciences--economics, politics, and the rest. They need not be concerned with the assumptions . . .

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