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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Well, there may be several perspectives on the question. Group orientedness and identity are crucial, no doubt. But one shouldn't disregard the importance of the sheer potential for symbolic representation - for joint orientation to SOMETHING ABSENT, symbolized. The very notion of the group as something conceptualized, symbolized, which allows orientation towards it, depends on that complex symbolic ability, the creation of a symbolic world of absent (or virtually present) entities.

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