The Way I Think

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Harold John Blackham
Harold John Blackham (1903 – 2009)
Barbara Smoker
Barbara Smoker (1923 – )
Conway Memorial Lecture
Conway Memorial Lecture
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Delivered at Conway Hall 23 May 1985. Chaired by Barbara Smoker and presented by Harold Blackham.
Abstract

Every existent has 7 characteristics:
1) It is a member of a class of things of its kind.
2) Its existence has necessary and sufficient conditions i.e. causes.
3) It has an environment and spatial location.
4) It is in process and motion.
5) It is structured in some way.
6) It has relations with other things, direct and indirect.
7) It depends on communications.

For human beings, 3) 6) & 7) are especially complex and indeed are the bases of culture.

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