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been given to enquiring into and affecting some individual or collective behaviors one after another. These go to make the biographies of some men and the histories of some groups and are selected for what they have been able to uncover of man and of the potentials of awareness. Wherever it has seemed urgent for the energies of a people to be directed and concentrated on some specific challenge, it has also seemed right to ignore some matters and stress others. Then, that people's time was spent to exchange it for such specific experiences as would focus collective attention on the requirements associated with individual challenges. Individual evolution is therefore deeply affected by collective concerns made plain within the culture. Any time leftover in some individual life because it could be spared by the collectivity, could be devoted to something else. This dynamic makes us understand both the dominance of collective traits in groups and the role of individual deviance in presenting others with springboards for collective evolution. The individual who acts within the degrees of freedom compatible with collective restraints and constraints, but as an individual, is the spearhead of evolution for that group, producing variation on top of conformity to heredity. So long as not a single individual comes up with any variation, heredity occupies the whole of the horizon and evolution comes to a standstill. Life goes on in conformity and maybe to the full 66

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

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