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 daurrilreisman introversion: remote sources:


Daurril libraries.  Having lost all of my childhood and early adult literary resources several times, I am pleased that some record of my personal reading of the last 20 years survives. The full desktop lists of my hardcopy & video sources, or my CD-DVDs are downloadable (permissions and MS Office required).  Some indication of the professional reading associated with my career in computerized data processing may be seen at the Wrox site, and documentation of my own creation pertaining to the methods of Hillsborough (FL) politics is maintained under Special Collections. 



The muse representing my general collection may seem to have more of an edge than my other prodigy: perhaps gender itself is an issue here. But as this page sources what may be to the general mind relentless skepticism, I offer someone who clearly will not believe anything before you take it out and show it to her.

The list below facilitates ready access to the works of many of my favorite authors primarily in the fields of history, sociology, theology, and Christian education.  I recall these authors not just to flatter my illusion of my literary sensibilities, but also to cite a collection I feel is virtually seamless in its refutation of the world my social peers in Tampa would regard as our common “reality.”  In the present less than wholly expository introduction, I will go so far as to mention why these sources are explicitly characterized as “remote,” and why that thought is assigned to “riesman” (who is not otherwise represented here). 


Following a legal career which included clerkship to Louis Brandeis, David Riesman co-penned a classic of modern sociology wherein he wrote famously of the 'inner-directed' and outer-directed' personalities. In lieu of any scanned text, I submit a quick purusal of its Wikipedia synopsis tells the story. Which it may suffice to supplement by offering that ‘inner-directed’ is taken also to mean (unlike the ‘other’ case) one’s primary sources of truth and knowledge are spacially as well as temporally “remote.”  Its patrons are considered “introverted,” (possibly autodidactic) as opposed to their outer-directed “extroverted” and gregarious brethern.  It is hopefully not unthinkable in this scenario that the introvert if placed in physical and social proximity to his remote sources may be reborn into extroversion, again not perhaps in their own terrestial lifetime.  We may note that none of these associations have any place in Wiki’s article on introversion and extroversion, which following the thinking of personality psychology.


It seems that the arrangement of this site’s data-providing pages may even have unintentionally reflected Reisman’s I-e dichotomy.  The Gospel interpretation as packaged for local consumption is offered to the faithful here separately as  Given (as we shall see) frequently nothing much to start with, subsequent other-directed dialogue between clerical (or even semi-clerical) moderatore and perhaps even the more astute of their congegations yields hardly much other than orchestrated expressions of devotional complacency.  It is hoped hat alternative source to even the same audiences from this section’s inner-directed custodian may improve the situation. 


The essential composition of this list, obviously under construction for many years, seems almost deliberately intended to refute three kinds of constructive objection recently published by my colleagues. 


The first is offered in a paper by Chris Doran that is part of the Pacific School of Theology’s on-line presence, that claims any nexus between “science” and “revealed truth” must always weigh out in favor of the absolute dominance of the latter.  Note only a model to the type of thinking embraced therein, extra fascination may be derive from the fact that PSR is alma mater of the Pastor of Tampa’s Metropolitan Church, which caters to Gay and Lesbian community in Tampa Bay. 


The second invites the supposed superiority of other-direction, over “inner.”  Following his recent excursion to The Chautauqua Institution, St Andrew’s Rector, the Rev John Reese, returned with the inspired conviction that churches were empty because folk have come to prefer social isolation, diminishing also then the likelihood of reciprocating mutual other-direction.  And this he feels further inhibits the common however repetitious experience of the Christian message.


In treatment for the suffering attached to an ingrown toenail, the lobby of the place for professional removal recently provided a third candidate for alarum.  Called “The New Naysayers,” Newsweek’s Jerry Adler told about three new books challenging our “faith-only” commitment to Christian mystery. As usual, both the authors in question and their reviewer played the game according to organized religions’ rules: the possibility of a natural basis for Christian conviction was altogether ruled out, and full-blown Atheism posited as the only acknowledgeable alternative to unadulterated Nicene intoxication.  So while the corporate Denomination may be as dogmatically selective as its members collectively allow, woe befall any individual found running a nomic cafeteria in his own mind.


One anticipates there may be considerable intercourse across and among elements denoted as philosophy (including sociology) and what Paul Tillich describes as theology. A guide to the cross-links imbedded in those pages may be found in networks.




    Last update on 29-august-2006 at 11:11 AM.