Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose

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know how to read the characters there ? The stigma will not, of course, be of the literal sort described by the ancient martyrologists, who felt that a piety profound enough could actually reproduce a pious image upon the heart—the connectives would be remote, like the relationship between emotionality and glandular change, but they would be there nonetheless, in the physical parallelisms of the mind.


CONCLUSION

A Historical Parallel

THROUGHOUT this section we have frequently shown much respect for the "errors" of past systems. Even the extreme mystic is unquestionably talking about something, though one may disagree with his ways of interpreting and verbalizing the signs which he has seen. Hallucination itself is real in the sense that actual physical events must occur for the hallucination to arise. And we have been deliberately indiscriminate in scrambling magical, religious, poetic, theological, philosophical, mystic, and scientific lore. Insofar as the individual mind is a group product, one may look for the same patterns of relationship between the one and the many in any historical period—and however much we may question the terminology in which these patterns were expressed, the fact that man's neurological structure has remained pretty much of a constant through all the shifts of his environment would justify us in looking for permanencies beneath the

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  • Permanence and Change - An Anatomy of Purpose *
  • Contents 7
  • Part I- On Interpretation 11
  • I- Orientation 11
  • II- Motives 30
  • III- Occupational Psychosis 54
  • IV- Style 71
  • V- Magic, Religion, and Science 82
  • Part II- Perspective by Incongruity 95
  • I- The Range of Piety 95
  • II- New Meanings 106
  • III- Perspective as Metaphor 118
  • IV- Argument by Analogy 128
  • V- Secular Conversions 164
  • VI- Meaning and Regression 193
  • Conclusion 207
  • Part III- The Basis of Simplification 214
  • I- Causality and Communication 214
  • II- Permanence and Change 227
  • III- Secular Mysticism in Bentham 237
  • IV- The Ethical Confusion 247
  • V- The Search for Motives 275
  • VI- Occupation and Preoccupation 303
  • VII- The Poetry of Action 316
  • Conclusions 336
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