Chapter 12: In Conclusion

1. What examples does Alexander provide to illustrate how we avoid taking responsibility both for individual and global action?

2. Where is the solution to all fundamental problems to be found?

3. What in the wide view could account for our innate objection to taking responsibility for our many errors of judgment and want of foresight?

4. What is the premise that calls for first consideration in any survey of our experiences, and of the “means-whereby” upon which we have depended for progress and development in every field of our activity?

5. What must we have and what must happen if we are to gain a better understanding of the nature of the aims and characteristics of the peoples of other nations as well as our own?

6. What will a fundamental change in guidance and control of the self demand?

8. What have we failed to understand vis-a-vis freedom of thought and action?

7. What is essential to the radical change in education and in the methods adopted in any social, business or other activities?

Thought Questions

1. What is the responsibility of scientists for their research and discoveries? How far (in time and space) does this responsibility extend?

2. In what way can we avoid being prejudiced by past beliefs and ideas?