15. Credits

As outlined in the chapter 'Structure and Method', the world is a multi-dimensonal web of relations. It is impossible to trace one particular thought to one specific origin with certainty. It is also impossible to determine with exactness the amount of impact of one particular thought onto a larger thought system.

Therefore, for a book like this, credits must be given to all intelligent beings, past and present, even if they are not known by their names or their particular contributions.

This includes, of course, you, the reader of this book who, in one form or another, may have contributed to this book. Some people think of their contributions to mankind as being more important than those of others just because they were the ones who were successful in promoting a new concept or idea. Or, maybe they were the first in their time frame to put the pieces together and made a new discovery. Most people, however, underestimate the significance of their own contributions.

In his book 'Synergetics', Buckminster Fuller, himself a celebrated inventor, scientist, and philosopher,  points out the following: if somone discovers a circumstance or relationship in nature, then it does not lessen the 'genius' of this person in any way whatsoever that someone else may have 'already' made this discovery centuries ago. If anything, it would put this person onto a level comparable to that of a Newton or an Einstein!

The true heroes and heroines of this book are its readers because it is a sincere intention behind this book that the reader is discovering as many  relationships and circumstances as possible for him- or herself.

This intention presents an interesting dilemma:  how much information should be communicated at all? Shouldn't it be enough to outline the most basic processes as a starting point so that the reader can find out the rest? What is the dividing line between 'presenting data' and 'indoctrination'?

This book emphasizes structure. If in doubt, it is clearly preferring structure over content. This approach is not feasible without detailed feedback. Therefore, very special thanks are given to the providers of the on-going and future feedback: every question or suggestion is helping to make this book more accessible for other readers.

In any case: Thank you all!

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