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The dog has no color perceptions differentiating the red and green wave lengths; and until a generation ago, w e had no perception of radio waves. But in time there is no reason why those sources of information should not be translated into our sensory range. Thirdly, w e have to consider possible limitations in our symbol system for representing what w e meet. If language were our only system (and, unfortunately for us, at the hands of those w h o demand only "freedom of speech," it is often the only syntax and basis of logic), w e should be in trouble.

In these cases the writer is usually not deliberately using his scientific prestige in any more direct way than to show it as a badge of intelligence. The reasonably alert reader has no difficulty in sorting out the writer's personal opinion — offered as that of an experienced scientist, but admittedly loyal to some value system—from an ex cathedra, authoritative scientific statement by a specialist in the field. Several comments by the present writer, here similarly offer only the experience not the documented proofs of a senior psychologist.

The first and second weaknesses above can, by discipline, be reduced. Doubts about scientific truth because of this third characteristic only require the doubter to become educated about the process of creative, exploratory thinking, as analyzed psychologically by Johnson (1968), Taylor and Barron (1963), Vidal (1971), and many others. It is formalized in what the present writer (1966) has analyzed as the inductive-hypothetico-deductive (IHS) spiral. Our social applications of science simply have to take account of this.

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