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Accommodation of mental structures to reality implies the existence of assimilatory schemata apart from which any structure would be impossible.
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Causality, like the other categories, therefore evolves on the plane of thought from an initial egocentrism to a combined objectivity and relativity, thus reproducing, in surpassing, its earlier sensorimotor evolution.
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During the earliest stages of thought, accommodation remains on the surface of physical as well as social experience.
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During the earliest stages the child perceives things like a solipsist who is unaware of himself as subject and is familiar only with his own actions.
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Every acquisition of accommodation becomes material for assimilation, but assimilation always resists new accommodations.
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From this time on, the universe is built up into an aggregate of permanent objects connected by causal relations that are independent of the subject and are placed in objective space and time.
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I have always detested any departure from reality, an attitude which I relate to my mother's poor mental health.
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In genetic epistemology, as in developmental psychology, too, there is never an absolute beginning.
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In its beginnings, assimilation is essentially the utilisation of the external environment by the subject to nourish his hereditary or acquired schemata.
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In other words, knowledge of the external world begins with an immediate utilisation of things, whereas knowledge of self is stopped by this purely practical and utilitarian contact.
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It is at this level that the external world and the self remain undissociated to such a point that neither objects nor spatial, temporal, or causal objectifications are possible.
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It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.
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Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond, more or less adequately, to reality.
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Knowledge, then, is a system of transformations that become progressively adequate.
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Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.
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Logical positivists have never taken psychology into account in their epistemology, but they affirm that logical beings and mathematical beings are nothing but linguistic structures.
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On the one hand, there are individual actions such as throwing, pushing, touching, rubbing. It is these individual actions that give rise most of the time to abstraction from objects.
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Our problem, from the point of view of psychology and from the point of view of genetic epistemology, is to explain how the transition is made from a lower level of knowledge to a level that is judged to be higher.
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Reflective abstraction, however, is based not on individual actions but on coordinated actions.
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Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next.
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Scientific thought, then, is not momentary; it is not a static instance; it is a process.
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The current state of knowledge is a moment in history, changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge in the past has ever changed and, in many instances, more rapidly.
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The first type of abstraction from objects I shall refer to as simple abstraction, but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction, using this term in a double sense.
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The more the schemata are differentiated, the smaller the gap between the new and the familiar becomes, so that novelty, instead of constituting an annoyance avoided by the subject, becomes a problem and invites searching.
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The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.
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The self thus becomes aware of itself, at least in its practical action, and discovers itself as a cause among other causes and as an object subject to the same laws as other objects.
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This means that no single logic is strong enough to support the total construction of human knowledge.
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Thus it may be seen that intellectual activity begins with confusion of experience and of awareness of the self, by virtue of the chaotic undifferentiation of accommodation and assimilation.
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To express the same idea in still another way, I think that human knowledge is essentially active.
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We recall how, starting with purely practical and quasi-physiological groups, the child begins by elaborating subjective groups, then arrives at objective groups, and only then becomes capable of representative groups.
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