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Thu, 20 Nov 1997 19:28:50 -0500 (EST)

At 13:06:35 Tue, 18 Nov 1997 -0800 (PST) Mark Crosby
<> wrote:
>>---Wesley Schwein wrote:
>>> A literary theorist who has followed the progress
>>of cognitive science
>>> (and whose name and books I forget) proposes that
>>our memory operates in
>>> terms of literature -we remember a story, the
>>detail of which are
>>> 'hyperlinked' to other skills and knowledges.
>>Perhaps you're thinking of THE LITERARY MIND by Mark

The book and its theory look very interesting, and have applications
outside of uplifting. One more comment, even though I fear starting
another thread: It looks to me, from reading the preface, that his
theory can be subsumed under the notion that our minds function
by trying to put things into causal chains. In a sense, this subsumes
and explains the parable/story metaphor -- and can be true even if
Turner's theory turns out not to be. At the very least, the wider
notion of causality underlies much of our understanding. (Some
would argue, and I would agree, that it is axiomatic, and that our
knowing of it is merely a identification not of a fact about mind but
about reality as such.)


Daniel Ust