Week 28: Transcendence

Praxis

If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants. [Isaac Newton] . . . there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men —above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also
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Comprehensiveness

Another characterizing feature of transcendence is comprehensiveness. The transcendent person leaves no stone unturned.
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Precision

Uncommon precision also characterizes transcendence. Though genius transcends mere precision, and is most often associated with creativity, we should not ignore its harmonic component, which distinguishes the genius from the crackpot.
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Dedication

Most geniuses are dedicated to their field of endeavor, partly because their enthusiasm motivates them so strongly. Dedication is not transcendent, per se, but is a frequent characterizing feature of the transcendent person.  
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Genius

Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. [Alfred North Whitehead, “Science and the Modern World” (1925).] A genius is someone who has transcended the previous limits of thought. Geniuses are responsible for much of
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Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm as an aspect of transcendence is treated as a personal attribute, which can affect every aspect of life and Being. The word comes from the Greek, in – theos, which means “in God.” Thus, enthusiasm refers to a state of being engulfed by and in harmony with the divine
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Transcendence

This is a model based a Humanistic, perspective of scientific naturalism. Here, transcendence refers not to claims of other-worldliness but to the transcendence of previous limitations, either our own or the limitations of what people previously thought possible. For example, a person may transcend her previous limitations by making a
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