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Marshall McLuhan and Tribalism

Marshall McLuhan wrote prophetically about the increasing tribalism of the global village as electronic media reduced or even erased the distances of time and space between individuals and social groupings. These distances are inevitably replaced by hardening cultural and mythical boundaries that leaders must sometimes try to cross to ensure long term survival or to connect people with God's salvific grace.

Marshall McLuhan and Tribalism

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In Understanding Media, McLuhan commented, "...since the inception of the telegraph and radio, the globe has contracted, spatially, into a single large village. Tribalism is our only resource since the electro-magnetic discovery. Moving from print to electronic media we have given up an eye for an ear." The idea, I believe, is that the immediacy of electronic media tends to collapse our distances in time and space, thrusting us ever closer together, much as a large family in a small apartment.

Psycho-Social Issues

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This page is dedicated to issues of psychology and sociology insofar as they help define the context of spiritual growth.

Albertus Magnus

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Albertus Magnus (or, Albert the Great) a saint and doctor of the Catholic, or Universal, Church, was instrumental in the development of the theory of universals. Built upon Plato's theory of ideals, the theory of universals held that there are ideal ideas of things, and that these ideal ideas are in the mind of God. This theory formalizes a fundamental ground of Aristotle's logic, formalizes it and gives it a theological underpinning. This theory contrasts with its opposite, which philosophers call nominalism.

Albertus Magnus

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In the Catholic, or Universal, Church, November 15th is the memorial of St. Albert the Great, known in Latin as Albertus Magnus, the 13th century theologian, philosopher and scientist. His title was based on the fact that he stunned his generation with the universality and depth of his genius. He was, in fact, another Aristotle. His studies encompassed nearly everything Aristotle studied, including physics, biology, chemistry, psychology, theology, philosophy, morality and politics. Unlike Aristotle, he did not write notably on drama or poetics.

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