Encyclopedia of World Problems - Archived Information

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The information given here clearly represents the results of a very preliminary move towards grouping together information on symbols. It is therefore serves mainly as an indication of directions for further exploration.

There is a great deal of material available on individual symbols. It should be possible to present entries highlighting the relationships between symbols whilst avoiding the need to reproduce such available information at length. A guideline could well be the need to produce patterns of culturally significant symbols which provide a focus for understanding the relationships between the social processes and phenomena with which they are associated. Of special interest is the possibility of extensively cross-referencing individual symbols to the particular values in the Human Values and Wisdom section of the Encyclopedia with which they are associated, since symbols have traditionally offered a way of ordering and presenting information on values and value complexes.