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Toward a Mesogenetic Methodology

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The idea of a mesogenetic methodology arises from the general proposition that to understand behavior means to understand the history/genesis of behavior. This proposition has long been acknowledged as a fundamental tenet of cultural-historical approaches to the study of human nature. The idea that "the end in is in the beginning" is intuitively shared in many philosophical and religious traditions as well as the tenets of modern biology. The authors experienced this insight as part of the process that led them to formulate the notion of mesogenetic methodology. The key experience emerged from the initial research plan. During early 1990s the author's theorizing of 5th Dimension was heavily focused on the design "of the activity itself", occasions in which children, undergraduates, and research came together within the domain of the Wizard/ess.

Keywords: 5th Dimension; cultural-historical approaches; historical psychologists; mesogenetic methodology; modern biology; philosophical traditions; religious tradition; religious traditions



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