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The reality of knowledge : the ways in which life constructs reality so it can be known / George Towner.

Author/Creator:
Towner, George.
Other Title:
Ways in which life constructs reality so it can be known
Publication:
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, 2011.
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 265 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects:
Knowledge, Theory of.
Summary:
"'The Reality of Knowledge' completes a trilogy begun with 'The Architecture of Knowledge' (1980) and 'Processes of Knowledge' (2001). It presents a holistic analysis of k nowledge and the reality that is known. The book shows how living things, including humans, construct reality in specific ways that maximize their ability to know it. Different species construct different areas of reality, but they all use the same methods: objectification, categorization, and generalization. In objectification, organisms delimit specific objects of knowledge out of the unknown reality shared by all life. Using categorization, organisms group objects to understand them better, thereby creating new category objects. Through generalization, organisms combine categories logically to create models of reality. Support for this analysis comes from examining certain details of computer technology, because computer architectures have been designed to emulate the ways in which reality is known and understood"--Publisher's description, p. [4] of cover.
Contents:
Known reality
Organisms
Constructing reality
Environmental reality
Organic realities
Knowledge
Human realities.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [256}-258) and index.
ISBN:
9780761854838
0761854835
OCLC:
713189189
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