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characteristic and challenging intellectual position that has emerged out of modern
and postmodern developments is one which, recognizing both an essential autonomy
in the human being and a radical plasticity in the nature of reality, begins with
the assertion that reality itself tends to unfold in response to the particular
symbolic framework and set of assumptions that are employed by each individual
and each society. The fund of data available to the human mind is of such intrinsic
complexity and diversity that it provides plausible support for many different
conceptions of the ultimate nature of reality. The human being must therefore
choose among a multiplicity of potentially viable options, and whatever option
is chosen will in turn affect both the nature of reality and the choosing subject.
In this view, although there exist many defining structures in the world and in
the mind that resist or compel human thought and activity in various ways, on
a fundamental level the world tends to ratify, and open up according to, the character
of the vision directed toward it. The world that the human being attempts to know
and remake is in some sense projectively elicited by the frame of reference with
which it is approached."
-Richard Tarnas, The Passion of the Western
Mind Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View p. 406