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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %CONCEPTUAL BALANCE 870407 For intellectual activity to sustain personal and communal integrity it must sustain conceptual balance. Any tendency to emphasize one set of concepts to the exclusion of appropriate attention upon complementary concepts will tend to promote disintegration. No set of exclusionary principles is the essence of avoiding bias, for it is the essence of bias to entail the exclusion of complementary conceptions, ideals, values, persons, etc. No distinctive set of concepts can alone be the basis for sustaining integrity. Thus no distinctive intellectual discipline or specialty can legitimately lay claim to being the exclusive means to salvation; regardless of any pretense as to absence of bias, closeness to the wellsprings of divine power and judgment, convergent human judgment, technological sophistication, coercive power, etc. Specialists who fail to make use of the full range of concepts which are essential to conceptual balance should be suspected of intellectual bias and blindness. Such failures are not adequately compensated for by unusual sophistication which has been achieved at the expense of balance. No matter how brilliant a person is, specialized sophistication is achieved at the expense of integrative balance. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================