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CHAPTER XXV
ON THE STRUCTURAL DIFFERENTIAL
You cannot recognise an event; because when it is gone, it is gone . . . But a character of an event can be recognised. . . . Things which we thus recognise I call objects. (573)                                             A. N. whitehead
When there is a judgment of identity or difference, it is because a particular associative reaction of the second order is occurring, conditioned by the primary reaction, whether the same or different; this is a gain in perceptive knowledge. (411                                                    henri pieron
To some extent, the practice of thinking, deciding, feeling, appreciating, and sympathizing molds the personality of the thinker. Presumably, the stable patterns of cortical association are changed by the performance of these acts just as on a lower plane muscles are changed by systematic exercises. (222)                                                               c. judson herrick
Experimental analysis of the memory of forms insusceptible of symbolic schematization has convinced me of the great importance of ocular kinesthesia and the small part played by visualization in nearly all individuals, with the general illusion of really visual representations, a very strong illusion, especially when symbolic and verbal schematization is possible. Ideas which are substituted for visual representation, and play the same part, are easily mistaken for it. (411)                                      henri pieron
The eyes of the dog give to him sometimes a more intelligent expression than that of his master, and there is no doubt that he uses them to very good advantage; but they are not our eyes. (221)            c. judson herrick
Before I recapitulate, in the form of a structural diagram, what has been said in the previous chapter, I must explain briefly the use of the term 'event'. The introduction of new terms in a language always represents initial difficulties to the student. It is always advisable, if only possible, to introduce terms which are structurally close to our daily experience. At present, in physics, we have a dual language; one of 'space-time', in which 'matter' is connected somehow with its 'curvature', the other of the quanta. The structure of both languages is quite different, and at present scientists have not succeeded in translating one language into the other. Einstein, in his latest unified field theory, has succeeded, by the introduction of new notions, in amalgamating the electromagnetic phenomena with the general theory of relativity; but even this new language does not include the quantum theory. For my purpose, it is important to amalgamate both languages as an intuitive pictorial device, which, from a technical point of view, still awaits formulation. As the 'space-time' continuum is the closest to our daily experience, I accept the language of 'events' as fundamental and add only a few
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