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Time, Conflict and Human Values Paperback – January 1, 1999


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (1999)
  • ASIN: B000OQ0YVU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2012
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Julius Thomas Fraser, founder of the International Society for the Study of Time and author of "Of Time, Passion and Knowledge" 1975, wrote in "Time, Conflict and Human Values" 1999 "Science does not supply absolute certainty; that can come only from unquestioned dogma. What good science does is this: it raises the incomprehensible to the level of the obvious, and then it shows that the new obvious is incomprehensible. I should add immediately that good art is always both obvious and incomprehensible, and therefore paradoxical".

Fraser was obviously not only a timesmith but also a wordsmith. In his work on the theory of time as conflict he articulated that the search for truth is prompted by the mind's propensity for whatever is enduring, whatever seems to defy death, and that a working definition of truth is the recognition of permanence in reality. However, as there is no permanence, knowing what is believed to be true has been a perennial source of unresolved conflicts. His hypothetical conclusion is that the historical function of the search for truth has been the creation of conflicts, and through them, social, cultural, and personal change: an evolutionary model.

Likewise beauty is such that our feelings desire its perpetuation. The opposite is ugly. Again as we cannot agree on our desires the conflict creates an evolutionary impetus.

So it goes - a brilliant work that synthesises a thought-provoking world view. Some books can change your perspective. This is one of them.

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