Is G_d following or leading? Both/And!

By Dr. Arlette Poland Whitehead was ambiguous about time in many ways. It was not totally clear in his explanations about the creator deity whether that deity was the lure in our future or the nudge from our past. Many have argued for one or the other answer. Some have answered that issue with the…

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Can Prehension Lead to Truth?

By  Arlette Poland The actual occasion, as it is becoming actual, prehends information from the past. It determines what to eliminate or keep or ignore. It is as if the occasion matches the energy of the past and thus decides what to accept or not into its becoming. It is like an emotional response of…

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Process Thought as Source for Ethics

By Dr. Arlette Poland In Judaism, community and ethical behavior go hand in hand. We are told that our community is our life and our life is best when it is ethical. To be ethical, of course, involves following the mitzvoth (commandments/good deeds). Added to that, however, is the underlying realization that all existence is…

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L’Chaim: To Life and Impermanence

by Dr. Arlette Poland There is a continuousness about existence that Whitehead recognized. One event, life, thing even memory flows into another. First there is this and then there is that. If there is no this, as we say in Buddhism, then there is no that. Simple. Not easy – but simple, yes. Such is…

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The Meaning of Making Meaning and Time

By Dr. Arlette Poland Humans make meaning. That is what we do. We decide if we like a color, a person, an object, a country – or not. We make meaning by our words and deeds. Meaning comes from our thoughts. Feelings follow thoughts and thoughts make meaning. The meaning of our making meaning is…

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Relation Is: Ethics Must Follow as Care and Connection

By Arlette Poland Whitehead taught us that everything that ever was is somehow part of everything that is becoming and then that event that becomes will be part of the next things that are becoming. The activity that leaves out one or another of the past is actually a process: the process of becoming. Depending…

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Prehension and Friendliness: Creative, Dynamic Peace

By Dr. Arlette Poland Whitehead coined the term prehension. In his opus, Process and Reality, starting at page 19, he begins to unfold what prehension means in his complex and thorough biological model of existence and becoming. Prehension has two aspects that can be understood as subjective and objective, both. This fits with one of…

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