Christopher Alexander

1936 -

A Quote by Christopher Alexander on matter, space, self, the personal, and mechanial

All matter/space has some degree of "self" in it, and this self, or anyway some aspect of the personal, is something which infuses all matter/space and everything we know as matter but now think to be mechanical.

Christopher Alexander (1936 -)

Source: The Phenomenon of Life: The Nature of Order, Book 1, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Christopher Alexander on pattern language and real nature of human feeling

    Then someone asked me, How did you come up with the pattern language? How did you get the actual material?
    I said, "Well, it was not so very different from any other kind of science. My colleagues and I made observations, looked to see what worked, studied it, tried to distill out the essentials, and wrote them down"
    "But", I went on, "we did do one thing differently. We assumed from the beginning that everything was based on the real nature of human feeling and -- this is the unusual part -- that human feeling is mostly the same, mostly the same from person to person, mostly the same in every person. Of course, there is that part of human feeling where we are all different. Each of us has our idiosyncrasies, our unique individual human character. That is the part people most often concentrate on when they are talking about feelings, and comparing feelings. But that idiosyncratic part is really only about ten percent of the feelings which we feel. Ninety percent of our feelings is stuff in which we are all the same and we feel the same thing. So from the very beginning, when we made the pattern language, we concentrated on that part of human experience and feeling where our feeling is all the same. That is what the pattern language is -- a record of that stuff in us, which belongs to the ninety percent of our feeling where our feelings are all the same".

Christopher Alexander (1936 -)

Source: The Phenomenon of Life: The Nature of Order, Book 1, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Christopher Alexander on space, matter, life, structure, and arrangement

All space and matter, organic or inorganic, has some degree of life in it, and matter/space is more alive or less alive according to its structure and arrangement.

Christopher Alexander (1936 -)

Source: The Phenomenon of Life: The Nature of Order, Book 1, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Christopher Alexander on fully alive, authentic, authenticity, responsible, responsibility, and inner

 A man is alive when he is wholehearted, true to himself, true to his own inner forces, and able to act freely according to the nature of the situations he is in.   To be happy, and to be alive in this sense, are almost the same. Of course, a man who is alive is not always happy in the sense of feeling pleasant; experiences of joy are balanced by experiences of sorrow. But the experiences are all deeply felt; and above all, the man is whole and conscious of being real...  This state cannot be reached merely by inner work.   There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need do only inner work, in order to be alive like this; that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself. This teaching has some value, since it is so easy for a man to imagine that his problems are caused by "others". But it is a one-sided and mistaken view which also maintains the arrogance of the belief that the individual is self-sufficient, and not dependent in any essential way on his surroundings.  The fact is, a person is so far formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.

Christopher Alexander (1936 -)

Source: http://www.famous-quotes-and-inspirational-quotes.com/quotations/context-quotes.htm

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A Quote by Christopher Alexander on life, quality, spirit, and wilderness

There is central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.

Christopher Alexander (1936 -)

Source: Timeless Way of Building

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