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- adj. Above or beyond the organic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being above or beyond organization; not dependent upon organization: noting psychical or spiritual things considered apart from the organisms by or through which they are manifested: as, “the interdependence of organic and superorganic life,”
- Social, with the implication that society is something like a physiological organism, but of a higher mode of coördination.
Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd illustrate here that culture is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes.
Moreover, though every intellectual act is accompanied by sensory motion, and especially by some sense representation (phantasma) evoked in the imagination, nevertheless sensation and sensuous representation (phantasma, image) differ essentially from the idea produced in and by the intellect, which is an immaterial, supersensuous and superorganic power or faculty.
Secondarily, and in its logical (epistemological) usage, it designates the theory that all human knowledge is derived exclusively from experience, the latter term meaning, either explicitly or implicitly, external sense-percepts and internal representations and inferences exclusive of any superorganic (immaterial) intellectual factor.
Competition and combination are two forms of life association which alternate through the whole organic and superorganic domains.
They belong to a superorganic system of relations, conventions, and institutional arrangements.
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