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By J.K. Feibleman

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The acquisition of data isn't really a unmarried unrelated party yet fairly an adaptive technique within which previous acquisitions regulate current and destiny ones. partly I of this essay in epistemology it's argued that dealing with wisdom isn't a passive affair yet dynamic and energetic, concerning its continuance into the levels of assimilation and deployment. partially II a couple of particular matters are raised and mentioned with a view to discover the scale and the depths of the workings of adaptive figuring out. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS "Activity as A resource of information" first seemed in Tulane reports in Philosophy, XII, 1963; "Knowing, Doing and Being" in Ratio, VI, 1964; "On ideals and Believing" in Tulane experiences, XV, 1966; "Absent gadgets" in Tulane reviews, XVII, 1968; "The truth video game" in Tulane stories, XVIII, 1969; "Adaptive Responses and The Ecosys­ tem" in Tulane reviews, XVIII, 1969; "The Mind-Body challenge" within the Philosophical magazine, VII, 1970; and "The wisdom of The identified" within the overseas common sense evaluation, I, 1970. half I dealing with wisdom bankruptcy I the matter of information I. the selected process you're approximately to learn a learn of epistemology, one that has been made up of a pragmatic viewpoint. it's not the 1st of such interpre­ tations, and it'll no longer be the last.

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Perception is deliberate in that the objects the subject perceives are independent of his perceptions of them. It is both genuine and at the same time partial. It discloses the impressions made by the object (which are always somewhat less than the whole object) on the perspective of the subject functioning as observer (always somewhat less than the whole observer). The observer senses qualities and perceives relations, and he does both by means of his sense organs and at the same time. Thus he sees that the wall is brown but in the same saccadic eye movements he sees also that it is a wall.

Now that the species is changing the environment, this cannot help but accelerate changes in the species. (5) Epistemology, as the relation between observer and observed, knower and known, makes much of sense experience. Indeed idealism considers experience to be creative. But if that were so, then all there is must consist in appearances. Now it is very well known that there is a reality beneath the appearances which experience cannot report. Kant held this reality to be inherently unknowable, but science has contributed to our knowledge of it, for instance by exploring the subatomic world; and so it is not unknowable though not experienced directly.

There is some evidence from the physical science of optics and there is some evidence from color-blindness. In the former case, how are the qualities reassembled in the brain after having entered the eye as wavelengths of light? The clue to the problem is to be found in a proposition which I have advanced already in another connection, namely, that analytical prop9 Foundations oj Empiricism (The Hague, 1962, Martinus Nijhoff), p. 78. THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE 39 erties carry with them the qualities which emerge at that level.

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