Contributions to Self Clarity, Wholeness, & Health

Contents: Foundations of a New Civilization (see chapter links for Chapts 1-5 & excerpts from Chapts 10 & 13)

1 A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF NATURE 1

2 THE PRESENT WORK IN RELATION TO MODERN SCIENCE 4

3 THE PRESENT ACCOUNT OF NATURE: A PREVIEW OF SOME IMPORTANT FEATURES 6
  THINGS IN THE PAST ARE REAL: 6
  CAUSALITY BY PATTERNS: 7
  EVERYTHING IN THE PAST IS AVAILABLE AS A DIRECT CAUSE, A PATTERN: 8
  TRANSCENDENCE: 8
  THE NECESSARY PATTERNS: 10
  HEALTH: 12
  A FOUNDATION: 12

4 THE KEY TO A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF NATURE 13

5 WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? 15

6 TENDENCIES VS. LAWS 17

7 TRANSCENDENCE 19
  IS IT GOD OR ENERGY? 19
  IS THE CREATIVE FACTOR ENERGY? 20
  BUT IS THERE A REAL GOD, THEN? 21
  GOD AND NATURE: 22

8 SOME SPECIAL NECESSARY PATTERNS 24
  DISCRETENESS, PARTICLES, ETC.: 24
  THE TRANSCENDENT RELATIONSHIPS: 24
  CREATION: 24
  TRUTH: 25
  ROOTEDNESS: 25
  INFLUENCE: 25
  SUPERSESSION (THE PASSAGE OF TIME): 26

9 THE DIMENSIONS OF TIME 28
  ELEMENTARY TIME: 28
  SEQUENTIAL TIME: 29
  SPATIAL TIME: 29
  LOCAL TIME: 29
  MOTION & REST: 29

10 INDIVIDUALITY 31
  COMPLEX SYSTEMS: 32
  OPPORTUNISTIC INDIVIDUALITY: 34
  FUNCTIONALITY 37
  THE DIMENSIONS OF HEALTH 39
  THE PRESENT MOMENT: 39
  EXCITATION: 41
  EXCITEMENT: 42
  WHAT IS STRESS? 42
  EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS: 43
  MIND & BODY: 44
  PSYCHOSOMATIC EFFECTS: 45
  MODES OF COMPLEMENTATION: 46
  DOES GOD HAVE INDIVIDUALITY? 50
  THE IMPERFECTION OF INDIVIDUALITY: 51

11 CONSCIOUSNESS, CHOICE, & REASONING 53
  WHY ARE WE CONSCIOUS, AND WHAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE? 55
  HOW DOES THE CREATIVE FACTOR’S CONSCIOUSNESS BECOME AN INDIVIDUAL PERSON’S CONSCIOUSNESS? 55
  CONSCIOUSNESS HAS DEGREES: 56
  EMOTION & FEELING: 57
  NECESSARY PATTERNS FOR THESE EMOTIONS: 59
  POINT OF VIEW: 61
  WHY MUST IT BE THE PERSON THAT IS CONSCIOUS? 61
  THE TIMING OF CONSCIOUSNESS: 62
  TENDENCIES DUE TO CONSCIOUSNESS: 63
  REASONS: 65
  VOLITIONS & ACTS OF WILL: 66
  FOREGROUND & BACKGROUND: 68
  DELIBERATION: 70
  THE CONTINUITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS: 71
  OBJECTIVITY: 73
  TRUTH IN PRACTICAL CONTEXTS: 74
  SELF-DECEPTION & DISTRACTION: 75
  “HIGHER” STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND COMPLEXITY: 76
  ATTITUDES: 76
  IS CONSCIOUSNESS RESTRICTED TO THE LIVING? 77

12 ETHICS & SELF-VALIDATION 80
  ETHICS IS PECULIAR TO THE SOCIAL ANIMALS: 80
  THE PARENTAL INSTINCT: 80
  DOES THE PARENTAL INSTINCT CONTRADICT BASIC NATURE? 81
  PROPERTIES OF THE PARENTAL INSTINCT: 81
  HOW THE PARENTAL INSTINCT WORKS: 82
  LOVE, SEX, & ROMANCE: 82
  THE DEFINING PROPERTY OF A MORAL COMMUNITY: 84
  THE FIRST SOCIAL SPECIES: 85
  FROM THE PARENTAL INSTINCT TO A LARGER MORAL COMMUNITY: 88
  HOW SOCIABLE LOVE WORKS: 89
  CONFERRING INDIVIDUALITY: 89
  GOD’S CONFERRAL OF EXISTENCE AND INDIVIDUALITY: 90
  OTHER OBSERVATIONS ABOUT GOD: 90
  IS GOD PLEASED AND DISTRESSED BY OUR GAINS AND LOSSES OF INDIVIDUALITY? 91
  RESPONSIBILITIES, RIGHTS, & PRIVILEGES: 93
  RESPONSIBILITY IS PLEASANT: 94
  SELF-VALIDATION: 94
  CAUSALITY BY PATTERNS IN A MORAL COMMUNITY: 95
  THE TWO MORAL MOTIVES: 96
  MORAL TEACHING: 96
  THE FAMILY AND LARGER COMMUNITIES: 96
  FIVE GRADES OF MORAL PARTICIPATION: 97
  THE FIRST FORM OF MORAL DEGENERACY (LOVE WITHOUT HONOUR): 97
  THE SECOND FORM OF MORAL DEGENERACY (HONOUR WITHOUT LOVE): 98
  THE THIRD FORM OF MORAL DEGENERACY (SELF-VALIDATION BY APPEARANCES): 98
  THE FOURTH FORM OF MORAL DEGENERACY (THE AMORAL PERSON): 99
  THE GOOD: 100
  THE GOOD & PLEASURE: 101
  GOOD AND BAD ARE OPPOSITES: 102
  SOCIABLE LOVE & DESIRING THE GOOD OF OTHERS: 102
  A GOOD PERSON: 102
  SOCIABLE LOVE IS DIRECTLY CONDUCIVE TO ONE’S OWN GOOD: 103
  THE SCOPE OF SOCIABLE LOVE & ONE’S ENJOYMENT: 103
  UNIVERSAL SOCIABLE LOVE: 103
  HAPPINESS: 104
  HAPPINESS & SOCIABLE LOVE: 105
  GRADES OF MORAL PARTICIPATION & DEGREES OF ENJOYMENT: 105
  RIGHT AND WRONG: 105
  RIGHT & WRONG ARE OPPOSITES: 106
  DUTY: 106
  IS GOD A MEMBER OF OUR MORAL COMMUNITY? 107
  IS GOD A PERSON AFTER ALL, THEN? 108
  SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE: 111
  SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL TIME: 111
  MORAL ATTITUDES & MORAL EMOTIONS: 112
  STABILITIES & INSTABILITIES OF SELF-VALIDATION: 114
  PRIDE & SHAME: 115
  TWO FALSE CONCEPTIONS OF A COMMUNITY: 116
  REASON, ETHICS, & SELF-VALIDATION: 117
  ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF ONE’S ACTIONS: 117

13 CULTURE 121
  WHAT IS A CULTURE? 121
  TWO LEVELS OF CULTURE: 121
  WHAT IS A GOOD CULTURE? 122
  CULTURAL CONSISTENCY: 122
   CULTURES OF OBEDIENCE & CULTURES OF FREEDOM: 123
  BUT IS FREEDOM CULTURE INHERENTLY BETTER? 124
  FROM INSTITUTIONS AS AUTHORITIES TO INSTITUTIONS AS INSTRUMENTS, FROM COLLECTIVE INTERESTS TO COMMON INTERESTS: 125
  WHY “FREEDOM CULTURE”; WHY NOT “INDIVIDUALISTIC CULTURE”? 126
  BUT WHAT IS FREEDOM? 126
  OPPORTUNITY ENTAILS STRUCTURE: 127
  OPPORTUNITY MUST BE PERCEPTIBLE: 128
  THE ENVIRONMENT IS PERSONAL AND SOCIAL AS WELL AS STRUCTURAL: 128
  DO MORE OPTIONS MEAN MORE FREEDOM? 128
  CIVILIZATION: 129
  CULTIVATING ROOTEDNESS: 133
  OUR ROOTS IN GOD: 133
  FROM PROBLEM SOLVING TO CULTIVATING ATTITUDES: 134
  CONCEPTIONS OF THE DESIDERATA: 134
  BUT HOW DO WE CULTIVATE GOOD ATTITUDES? 135
  BUT CAN WE, AS PRODUCTS OF AN INFERIOR CULTURE, TAKE UP A SUPERIOR ONE? 135

AFTERWORD: SOME IMPLICATIONS OF CRICHTON’S PHILOSOPHICAL SYSTEM FOR PSYCHOLOGY - BY CARL SEMMELROTH PH.D. 137

APPENDIX A – FOUNDATIONS: THE ARGUMENT 143
  1. THE NATURE OF CHANGE: 144
  2. THE DISCRETENESS OF CHANGE & STRUCTURE: 146
  Proof that Change Is Discrete 146
  3. ONE CHANGE AT A TIME: 149
  4. TRANSCENDENCE: 150
  5. ONE CREATIVE FACTOR & ONE UNIVERSE: 151
  6. ALL STRUCTURES ARE SPATIAL: 154
  7. EMPTY SPACE IS CONTINUOUS: 155
  8. TENDENCIES ARE NOT DETERMINISTIC: 155
  9. STRUCTURAL COMPLEMENTATION: 155
  10. CAUSALITY BY PATTERNS: 156
  11. THE NECESSARY PATTERNS: 157
  12. COMBINED PATTERNS & WHOLENESS OF SIMILARITY: 158
  13. TENDENCY BY ASSOCIATION: 159
  14. TENDENCIES AS PATTERNS: 159
  15. ABSTRACTION IN ELEMENTARY NATURE: 160

APPENDIX B – NECESSARY PRECEDENTS: NECESSARY PATTERNS & THEIR ANALOGUES 161
  THE NECESSARY PRECEDENTS 161
  IN THE CATEGORY OF PARTICLES 161
  IN THE CATEGORY OF STRUCTURE 163
  IN THE CATEGORY OF CHANGE 165
  IN THE CATEGORY OF TENDENCY 167
  IN THE CATEGORY OF POTENTIAL EXTENSIONS 169
  IN THE CATEGORY OF TRANSCENDENCE 171
  ALTERNATION OF SPATIAL & STRUCTURAL EXTENSION 172
  EFFECTS OF CHANGE ON POTENTIALITIES 173
  COMPARATIVE POTENCIES 174
  ABOUT THE AUTHOR 175

INDEX 177