Telesis (from the Greek τέλεσις /telesis/) or "planned
progress" was a concept and neologism coined by the American
Lester Frank Ward
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A group of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners from
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Telesis: Progress consciously planned and produced by intelligently directed effort. Social telesis: The intelligent direction of social activity towards the achievement of a desired and understood end.
Collective telesis: Adaptation of means to ends by society.
Individual telesis: The conscious adaptation of conduct by an individual to the achievement of his own consciously apprehended ends.
Telesis (Greek: Telos, end, + -osis, condition), defined as "the
intelligent direction of effort toward the achievement of an end.",
has also been a term used in the context of epistemology and ontology
to refer to "infocognitive potential", a concept originating from
Laws do not stand on their own, but must be defined with respect to the objects and attributes on which they act and which they accept as parameters. Similarly, objects and attributes do not stand on their own, but must be defined with respect to the rules of structure, organization and transformation that govern them. It follows that the active medium of cross-definition possesses logical primacy over laws and arguments alike, and is thus pre-informational and pre-nomological in nature…i.e., telic. Telesis, which can be characterized as “infocognitive potential”, is the primordial active medium from which laws and their arguments and parameters emerge by mutual refinement or telic recursion.
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^ Petras, J.W. (1970), "Images of man in early American Sociology, part I: The individualistic perspective in motivation", Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 6 (3): 231, doi:10.1002/1520-6696(197007)6:3<231::AID-JHBS2300060304>3.0.CO;2-8, retrieved 2009-05-05 ^ Ward, L.F. (2007), Outlines of sociology (PDF), Archived from the original on July 21, 2011, retrieved 2009-05-05 CS1 maint: Unfit url (link) ^ Chermayeff, Serge, "Telesis: The Birth of a Group." New Pencil Points (July 1942), pp. 45–48. ^ Outlines of Sociology, Lester F. Ward, p. 190. ^ L. F. Ward, Outlines of Sociol., p. 181. ^ a b L. F. Ward, Outlines of Sociol., p. 190. ^ L. F. Ward, Outlines of SocioL, p. 186. ^ Langan, C.M. 2002.  The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe: A New Kind of Reality Theory pg. 35
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