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The Artful MindCognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity$
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Mark Turner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.001.0001

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Making Relics Work

Making Relics Work

(p.211) 11 Making Relics Work
The Artful Mind

Robert A. Scott

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Cognitive models derive their meaningfulness from their ability to organize new experience in relation to preconceptual structures. We have learned to recognize the importance of metaphors and figurative thinking in the formation of such mental architecture. The figurative thinking that helps organize the experience of the thing is sometimes extended to explain the process by which the thing came into being, producing a carry-over, or slippage of meaning. This chapter explores the linkages and slippages between three types of architecture: the Gothic edifice, the forest with which it has so frequently been compared, and the mental architecture that we create to allow us to understand the thing and the process. It examines the tension between experiential and objectivist models of cognition, and then proceeds to the problem of finding a means of representing the phenomenon in sociological and anthropological terms—as the human responses and interactions that allowed the form of the unbuilt edifice to be fixed in the minds of the builders through the conversations that preceded and accompanied the work.

Keywords:   Gothic edifice, forest, metaphors, slippages, linkages, meaning, cognition, mental architecture, cognitive models

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