Library of Congress CCN 67-10417

Consideration of the Spiritual Side

In order to first ask the proper questions we must become partly delphinic (with their hclp), and to understand the questions the dolphins must become partly human (with our help). To give proper answers to our questions the dolphins must go partly human, and to understand the answers we must go partly delphinic.

Each side, delphinic and human, can rewrite some of their programs to adapt to the other side. Each side has programs they cannot rewrite, the built-in sets of programs. In this book, I describe where we see this line between us, between the built-in programs and the rewritable problems as we can determine them to date. This line will continue to be delineatcd as we do more research with the dolphins. It takes a fantastic amount of work and special methods (new and imaginative ones) morc carefully to define these lines. The fine border between "rewritable" and "forever-fixed" programs is a fascinating area for the courageous researcher. It is an area in which it is possible to make horrendous mistakes and maintain them for years. It requires courage to break up one's deepest prejudices here. We do not yet fully understand how much of what we think and believe can be fundamentally changed. We know that much can be modified but not how much it can be modificd. We are especially stable in many areas because of the special properties of our feedbacks --our social feedbacks, and our feedbacks to ourselves and to our loved ones. Society itself daily re-establishes certain kinds of programs in us repeatedly again and again. Other programs are stable hecause they are built-in and necessary to maintain life itself from the physiological body levels to the monetary, economic, external feedback levels.

We have some programs for assuring failure in certain areas of our endeavors. These are best erased. I hope that no dolphins acquire these programs. I doubt that they are compatible with iife at sea under the difficult conditions that dolphins must mcet successfully.

In certain areas, the delphinic ethic is apparently nonWestern-human. Their constant nudity. public sexual display, public urination and defecation, tasting one another's excrement and urine are things for which Westem man locks up his fellows and calls them "psychotic" or "perverse" or "committing a public nuisance."

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