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The machine is now sane - rational. It gives correct answers. On an electronic computer we short the 7 so it is always added in, no matter what keys are punched. Then we give the machine to a storekeeper. He tries to use it and throws it on the junk heap because it won't give correct answers and he doesn't know anything about troubleshooting electronics and cares less. All he wants is a correct total. Admitting the analytical mind computation, and admitting it only so long as it works, where does it get a held-down 7 - an enforced wrong datum?
Then came up another of a multitude of the doctrines which had to be originated to resolve this work: The Selection ofImportances. One looks at a sea offacts. Every drop in the sea is like every other drop. Some few of the drops are of vast importance. How to find one? How to tell when it is important? A lot of prior art in the field of the mind - and as far as I was concerned, all of it-is like that. Ten thousand facts, all and each with one apparent unit importance value. 37 liThe Selection ofImportances.
Did we admit superstitions and demons as actualities and suppose the source was something weird and wonderful in the way of ectoplasm? Or did we part company with many current beliefs and become something a little more scientific? The source, then, must be the exterior world. A basic personality, so anxious to be strong, probably would not aberrate itselfwithout some very powerful internal personal devil at work. But with the devils and "things that go boomp in the night" heaved into the scrapheap, what did we have left?