chapter  XII
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Science and Truth

This chapter considers the implication of acknowledging the membership in the world of nature of the human mind, first if the order of that world is different in reality from what it is in science, and secondly if the world in reality is not ordered at all. It shows that the organism in its self-maintaining adaptation to its surroundings responded to physical influences, which, as physical theory had demonstrated, were internally related to the whole of the physical world. From primitive sentience emerges a perceptual world ordered first by common sense and then by science in a series of developing conceptual schemes, which, as the process continues, become more highly systematic and intricate. But sentience itself is a product of the subconscious activity of organizing impulse and reaction in response to environmental impingements, an activity that is characteristic of the auturgic organism.