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Invented Reality: How Do We Know What We Believe We Know? (Contributions to Constructivism) Paperback – 1 Jan 1980
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Paul Watzlawick was an associate at the Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, and clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford University Medical Center. An internationally known psychologist, Watzlawick died in 2007.
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This gaggle of brilliantly insightful essayists, produced a fabulously descriptive picture of Radical Constructionism, circa 1984, to be observed again post 2014. As expressed simple by Edwin Schrodinger in Mind & Matter; "Every man's world picture is and always remains a construct of his mind and can not be proved to have existence."
This is by no means an easy read. It took me several months to complete, and felt more like studying than reading.
It was certainly worth the effort, however. The subject matter is as subtle as it is significant, and is approached from various perspectives, from philosophy, pure mathematics, psychology, and even political science and ideology.
It served to shake the foundations of the “realistic”, Newtonian cause-and-effect Cartesian constructs that so persistently veiled my perception and cradled me as an observer of an outside “objective” and separate world reality.
Whether a stepping stone to George Berkeley as a toned-down version of esse is percipi—to be is to be perceived—or merely an exploration into constructivism, THE INVENTED REALITY is a significant contemporary work for the philosopher, the psychologist, the mathematician, or the everyday layperson, like this reviewer, interested in, and open to, a major shift in understanding of reality.
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