In Collected Works, Volume I, the productions followed the order in which they appeared, with the exception of Silo Speaks, a compilation of opinions, conferences and commentaries. In Volume II, the works of compilation continue in one of the books, Psychology Notes, while in Notes and in the Dictionary of New Humanism, we return to the criterion of ordering the productions in chronological succession. Volume III will continue with the books produced since 1999.
Some brief comments on Volume II:
These are a compilation of the conferences given in 1975, 1976 and 1978. In Psychology I, the psychism in general is studied as a function of life, from the perspective of its relationship with the environment, and in its human expression. Following is an exposition on the characteristics of the “apparatuses” of the psychism—the senses, the memory and the consciousness. The theory of impulses and behavior is also developed.
In Psychology II, the three pathways of human experience are studied—sensation, image and remembrance. What immediately becomes clear are the responses that the psychism gives to stimuli that are external to the body and to the stimuli of the intrabody. The levels of work of the consciousness and the mechanisms of behavior are reviewed in light of the theory of the space of representation. Finally, the production and transformation of impulses are illustrated as they go following the trajectory of sensations, images and remembrances at the same time they are organized in a morphological presentation of signs, symbols and allegories.
Psychology III studies the system of Operative, which is capable of intervening in the production and transformation of impulses. A simplified scheme of the integrated work of the psychism contributes to the comprehension of the themes of Operative. Finally, distinctions are established between the consciousness and the “I”, contrasting the states of reversibility with the altered states of consciousness.
These are two very short works written in 1999. The first, Reverie and Action, tells us about Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square) in Madrid. On the Plaza, a kind of scenographic montage of colossal dimensions suggests contradictory reflections. The Plaza ceases to be a simple place for recreation or relaxation in the city and is converted into a labyrinth of historical facts that unfold in a complex framework.
In The Bomarzo Woods the author elucidates the meanings of a Renaissance Mannierist garden that is replete with allegories and symbols originated in Alexandria of the second century. In this wood, today converted into a tourist attraction, numerous sculptures of mystical inspiration are preserved, which continue to stimulate fanciful interpretations.
Dictionary of New Humanism
This work was first published in 1994 under the title Algunos Términos de Uso Frecuente en el Humanismo (Some Frequently-Used Terms in Humanism). It was expanded considerably and published in 1997 as Diccionario del Nuevo Humanismo (Dictionary of New Humanism). In order to include it in Collected Works, Volume II, some additional revisions have been added to the most recent 1999 editions. The terms included in this work do not come from the broad fields of culture; rather the majority of them come from Political Science and Sociology. On the other hand, very technical terms that have been featured in various productions of Humanism have not been included. According to the author:
In this dictionary, which has been created with the contributions of select collaborators, a balance has not been achieved between Western humanism and other forms of humanism—which are equally rich and are found in diverse cultures. This insufficiency will be resolved when the task of producing an encyclopedia with the scope required by universalist humanism is undertaken.
This Second Volume of Silo's Collected Works continues the effort to give English readers access to Siloist thought, which is laying the foundation for a new culture, a new vision of the world and of the human being. For over 30 years Silo’s thinking has inspired the planetary movement of New Humanism that has given rise to a diversity of organizations dedicated to social and personal change.
The reader must bear in mind that Silo is an original thinker and writer who uses the Spanish language with great precision and clarity, and at times in an idiosyncratic, non-epochal style that may disconcert as it pushes the language to new levels of expression. The rarity of original thought in our times is such that the various documents making up Volume II have posed a special challenge to our team to be especially rigorous in performing the translator's function—that of serving as a faithful bridge across two languages, refraining from interpretation in order to avoid interference in the author’s communicational intention. We have tried to be as true to the original Spanish as possible, in meaning, vocabulary and sentence structure, while maintaining good flow in English and preserving the original spirit of each document. While we don’t doubt that in the future this first English edition will go on to be perfected, we are confident it will effectively raise the general level of knowledge of Silo’s contribution and the awareness of its true importance.
This translation was made possible by the cooperative effort of a large team of people, who worked closely on all of the facets and stages that a translation of this nature requires. Our grateful thanks to the author for his clear orientations, and to the translators of Volume I, Daniel Zuckerbrot and Paul Tooby, for their experienced support. We especially thank Gloria Morrison for her work on the three documents in Psychology Notes, which Suzanne Gepp and Tony Robinson collaborated on as well. Patricia Rios, Patricio Ascui, Trudi Richards and Mark Farrell worked on the two literary essays in the Notes section. Fred Fronof’s excellent 1997 translation of Dictionary of New Humanism was edited by Adolfo Carpio, with the assistance of Antonio Carvallo and Marcos Pampillon. Many others participated in the final stages of reviewing and verifying the documents, and formatting the entire volume. We thank them as well for their anonymous but no less essential contribution to this work’s completion.
Karen Rohn and Elizabeth Medina