In this chapter I will try to state the general assumptions which underlie an hypothesis concerning programs of human behavior—concerning the mechanism of human thinking and the mind. Of course, these assumptions must also be viewed as hypothetical and, therefore, require serious discussion. I will attempt to confine myself to informational aspects, making only infrequent and superficial excursions into the physiology of the higher nervous function. (It seems to me that the time for a physiological hypothesis of thinking has not yet arrived.) We must first, however, examine some problems of human development. I will state these in the manner in which they are most meaningful for me.
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