Accession Number : AD0647147

Title :   'EMERGENCE' AS OPPOSED TO 'THE PROLIFERATION OF CONSTRUCTS',

Corporate Author : ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s) : Evans,Wayne O.

Report Date : 04 NOV 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The purpose of this report is to examine the framework underlying the formation of theories which use constructs representing oppositional forces and the utility of viewing the non-predicted results of construct interaction as 'emergent' properties or as a requirement for new constructs. It is concluded that constructs of the 'inhibition' type refer to an entire domain of negation of a phenomena rather than a single referent. This leads to non-predictability. It is shown that neither the production of new constructs nor an assumption of 'emergence' is logically pure. Choice between approaches must be based on esthetic and pragmatic criteria. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*BEHAVIOR, THEORY), PREDICTIONS, PSYCHOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE