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North Whitehead, Alfred – The nature of discovery and learning

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Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Process and Reality - Part I The Speculative Scheme

Chapter I - Speculative Philosophy

Section II

The true method of discovery is like the flight of an aeroplane. It starts from the ground of particular observation; it makes a flight in the thin air of imaginative generalization; and it again lands for renewed observation rendered acute by rational interpretation. The reason for the success of this method of imaginative rationalization is that, when the method of difference fails, factors which are constantly present may yet be observed under the influence of imaginative thought. Such thought supplies the differences which the direct observation lacks. It can even play with inconsistency; and can thus throw light on the consistent, and persistent, elements in experience by comparison with what in imagination is inconsistent with them. The negative judgment is the peak of mentality.

The source of the experience

North Whitehead, Alfred

Concepts, symbols and science items

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Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

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