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Balance exists in any respect degrees: atomic, astronomical, and in dwelling platforms, either microscopically and macroscopically. due to the fact he has been able to wondering the area round him, man's interest has been aroused by way of the evolution of order from primordial chaos. during this travel of recent technology, eminent astrophysicist David Layzer constructs a unified and harmonious technology international view and probes the philosophical implications of present advancements in quantum physics, thermodynamics, cosmology and biology.

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Wilfred Monod, a friend of Piaget’s father, commented on the manuscript in a 14-page letter prior to publication. He praised Piaget’s intention and courage but noted that many thoughts were obscure and some even dangerous. Piaget was told that although his work was more of a philosophical than a religious nature, his way of thinking lacked a clear insight into the substance of the matter. “You have written a poem, and I like it as such; but it’s not a philosophical study” (in Vidal 1994a: 156).

The atmosphere in Leysin, situated at an altitude of 1,450 m, must have been somewhat morbid: around half of the tuberculosis patients died and during the war around 6,000 injured and sick soldiers were taken to this health resort. Pain and impending death were omnipresent and created a depressing climate. Coming to terms with a fatal disease creates a paradoxical situation, in so far as self-acceptance would include accepting the disease, thereby accepting one’s own destruction. In order to cope with this paradox and with the pain, many patients try to attribute some sense to their disease.

They are searching for an explanation through meditation and introspection, and thus the disease is often glorified as a way to deeper self-knowledge. “The thinker [. ] must know illness. ), for illness doubles the exchanges between the inmost depths and the consciousness. Piaget presupposed that the intensity of pain was proportional to the degree of inner imbalance. Suffering, in his opinion, would force the mind to examine one’s own identity, thus leading to increased consciousness. In this way, Leysin was a place where Piaget was compelled to construct his own identity.

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