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While everyone has a picture, map or model of the world in her mind––that accounts for the forms and functions of the events we are aware of around us


––each of us is often wrong.

A dialectical approach to comprehending worldviews.



Germans | Darwin | guide to meaning | contrast | personal change of mind | New Physics | an idiom

The German conceptualization of Weltanschauung, or world view, is an attempt to convey in one word the idea that we are deficient in how we understand the world, because our views or picture of reality, must always be readjusted to fit new situations we encounter.

For example.

World view meanings of

Simple definition: worldvu.htm.

A more detailed look at worldview as a concept: worldviews.html

Seven Lessons about world views: worldview7.html

An example of getting it wrong: worldviews.html#Meaning

For example:

"An analysis of almost any scientific problem leads automatically to a study of its history. The many unresolved issues in evolutionary biology are no exception to this rule. To understand the history of a scientific problem,…one must appreciate not only the state of factual knowledge but also the Zeitgeist of the time. Any investigator's interpretation of his observations or experiments depends mainly on this conceptual framework. For many years a major objective of my historical studies has been to discover the concepts --or sometimes, even more broadly, the ideologies-- on which the theorizing of certain historical figures are based."

Ernst Mayr, p. vii, One Long Argument, (1991).

In an important sense this concept of Zeitgeist is a contributing factor to why mistakes are made in understanding the natural world. The prevailing Zeitgeist or "spirit of the times" has such a powerful influence that it distorts or adversely influences the dominant scientific interpretation of observations or experimental findings.


"But a more important influence on his changing beliefs than his intellectual environment [Zeitgeist] was Darwin's own scientific findings."

p. 13.

"Darwin's observations were also in conflict with the natural theologians' belief in a perfect world."


Darwinism as a New Worldview.


"Was this really Darwin's worldview?"

pp. 101-102.

"The consequences of scientific Darwinism [enormous variation, common descent, gradualism, denial of fixity of species, and humans are animals] made the acceptance of the social theory of Darwinism quite untenable."

"...any modern person who has a worldview–is in the last analysis a Darwinian."

"Nevertheless, to define Darwinism as the worldview supposedly held by Darwin in the 1860s would be about the most as useless definition I can imagine."

p. 104.

"...two meanings (of Darwinism) have the widest acceptance."

1) "Change under the influence of natural selection," &

2) "variational instead of transformational evolution."

"…the only two meaningful concepts."

p. 107.

In relation to Mayr’s view of the Darwinian Revolution: Mayr on evolution

How is the word "world view" used in this selection below?

The Turning Point, Fritjof Capra, (NYC: Simon and Schuster, 1982)

Chapter Four

pp. 101-112

The Mechanistic View of Life

“While the new physics was developing in the twentieth century, the mechanistic Cartesian world view and the principles of Newtonian physics maintained their strong influence on Western scientific thinking, and even today many scientists still hold to a mechanistic paradigm, although physicists themselves have gone beyond it.”

“However the new conception of the universe that has emerged from modern physics does not mean that Newtonian physics is wrong, or that quantum theory, or relativity theory is right. Modern science has come to realize that all scientific theories are approximations to the true nature of reality;”
The question, then will be: How good an approximation is the Newtonian model as a basis for the various sciences, and where are the limits of the Cartesian world view in those fields?”

(Shown above is a post Newtonian, or an Einstein influenced view of the Earth's orbit about the sun; as the sun is a massive star that warps, spacetime.)

p. 101

Are there really five dimensions? Hollow earth

Weltanschauung, then is the German idiom that represents any person's or society's conceptualization of existence. The definition's crucial value lies in the belief that what we think we know is always comparable to and even contrasts with what actually exists. The concept takes into account this variance between what people believed to be and the demonstrated reality. Thus world view is a useful intellectual construct to understand what one age believes about the world.

Examples of what our ancestors believed about the world include the ideas associated with Aristotle's dialectical materialism that engenders the four elements. This ancient rationale is opposed to the way the world really behaves based on compounds, elements and ninety-two naturally occurring elements. World view implies we must doubt what we are told, before we can really learn how to describe the world as it exists.


Contemporary example, 2004

Dictionary definition with interpretation

Simple definition: worldvu.htm.

A more detailed look at worldview as a concept: worldviews.html

Seven Lessons about world views: worldview7.html

An example of getting it wrong: worldviews.html#Meaning

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