Under the prevailing conditions of increasing specialization, each specialist overrates his own insight. This is accompanied by a tendency to grant to others, especially other specialists, unwarranted levels of authority in their own areas of expertise. Specialists must make it a habit to accept without question the opinions of other specialists and to depend upon them. People are increasingly obliged to make use of equipment whose functioning they do not fully understand. As a consequence individuals are obliged to abstain from insight. The more complex the equipment, the more the manufacturer must endeavour to avoid the need for any attempt by the user to make use of insight. Automation obviates the use of insight.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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