Academic journal article et Cetera

Dare to Inquire: Sanity and Survival for the 21st Century and Beyond

Academic journal article et Cetera

Dare to Inquire: Sanity and Survival for the 21st Century and Beyond

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Bruce I. Kodish. Dare to Inquire: Sanity and Survival for the 21st Century and Beyond. Pasadena, CA: Extensional Publishing, 2003.

In Dare to Inquire, Dr. Bruce Kodish employs the formulations of both general semantics and humanism to create a considered and reflective approach to problem-solving and decision-making. I find such an approach a welcome antidote to American society's fixation on quick-fix thinking and fast solutions.

The Introduction, entitled "The Present Mess," discusses the problematic world we live in, and how general semantics, humanism, and inquiry can help us to make better sense of it. In Part I, "The Humanist Tradition," the author offers an overview of humanism as well as his ideas about becoming more fully human, and about the practice of ethical decision-making.

Part II, "Making Humanism Workable," tells us how to apply general semantics formulations to live a more productive and fulfilling life. (I found the chapter on "Logical Fate and Freedom" particularly interesting because it not only provided theoretical knowledge but also fascinating details about the life of Alfred Korzybski, the founder of general semantics.)

Part III, "Implications and Applications" is divided into three sections: applying a scientific attitude to science, an extensional approach to religion, and time-binding ethics. Kodish courageously tackles the difficult issues of unifying human knowledge, and the even more troublesome topic, when religion and science collide. …

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