Today's practicality is often no more than the accepted form of yesterday's theory.
Normal social behavior requires that we be able to recognize identities in spite of change. Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.
The price that one pays for refusing to act on the truth as one sees it, is to be led to believe untruth to avoid guilt.
The detached observer's view is one window on the world.
Without a possibility of change in meanings human communication could not perform its present functions.
Language is not merely a set of unrelated sounds, clauses, rules, and meanings; it is a total coherent system of these integrating with each other, and with behavior, context, universe of discourse, and observer perspective.
With acknowledgement of residues, we can be more easily prepared to grant the unit of science, the overlapping of disciplines, and the total coherence of all facts.
That a society controls, to a greater or lesser extent, the behavior of its members is a universal; but the methods, the particulars of that control, vary from one culture to another.
Fruitful discourse in science or theology requires us to believe that within the contexts of normal discourse there are some true statements.
If language did not affect behavior, it could have no meaning.
The universe extends beyond the mind of man, and is more complex than the small sample one can study.
God cannot be reduced to a sample for analysis.
Acceptance of the power of God in one's life lays the groundwork for personal commitment to both science and Christianity, which so often have been in conflict.
The marvelous thing is that even in studying linguistics, we find that the universe as a whole is patterned, ordered, and to some degree intelligible to us.
It is also, I would guess, a universal that in all societies people value respectability granted to them.
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