Feb 27 1999, PalPsych, DH to H L Bloom.
I read a good part of your subject message and of the IPP Project website material.
(1) Re being invited to join I feel awkwardly flattered.
(2) However, I also feel uneasy and suspicious at the profusion of verbiage in the above materials I read. By my life experiences well-defined substances are rendered mostly tersely and concisely whereas vague substances are presented by verbiage.
(3) Examples, some of the things that disturbed me in the above material :
a. The base term "paleopsychology". I find it difficult to even associate psychology with paleo, and more so to research and study what this association of words may represent.
b. The description of the Project worries me. Mapping out the evolution of just ONE of the list of aspects – comprising complexity, sociality, perception and mentation (? DH) – seems to me an enormous undertaking, and starting it at the Big Bang seems to me …. well, strange.
c. The goal of the Project "to achieve syntheses" looks to me in plainer terms "to formulate or suggest conjectural postulates".
d. I take it that the IPP Project "achievements" are literary pieces, articles.
e. The listing of some of the IPP tools of analysis bothers me as the tools are, more precisely, the present sum total of human knowledge.
f. The vagueness of the term "cyber-movement" bothers me.
g. Even though I am familiar only with few of Ben-Jacob's works or writings I doubt very much that they "demonstrate" any aspect of the universe. etc., etc.,
4) Howard, at my age and in my work circumstances I must manage my time and activities rigidly and dedicate them ONLY to things that are of value to ME NOW and these are the subjects mentioned in the summary presentation "on the origin and nature of life on Earth". Therefore I suggest that, if acceptable to you, I become involved/exposed to IPP Project matters "on a trial basis" and with the understanding that I react/comment on aspects of my interest only.
Feb 28 1999, from HBL to DH:
You write << I suggest that, if acceptable to you, I become involved/exposed to IPP Project matters "on a trial basis" and with the understanding that I react/comment on aspects of my interest only. >>
Dov–this is by all means acceptable to me. And, yes, all your observations are true. The goals of both my writings and of the IPP are all-encompassing.
There is vagueness on the list itself because it is a forum for thinking things through. The results of our work for the moment appear in books, which don't have the luxury of vagueness. This is where things get pinned down. So you've accurately summed up many aspects of the project.