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Acts of Meaning by Jerome Bruner

By Jerome Bruner

Jerome Bruner argues that the cognitive revolution, with its present fixation on brain as "information processor;" has led psychology clear of the deeper target of realizing brain as a author of meanings. in simple terms by means of breaking out of the constraints imposed through a computational version of brain will we snatch the targeted interplay wherein brain either constitutes and is constituted through culture.

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530, italics deleted). 7 I have been unable to relocate the source of this quotation, but it is attributed to Craik somewhere in McCulloch (1965) (see Pribram, 1971, p. 97). In any case, it fits Craik's (1943) general point of view, not to mention his own analogical extrapolations about the brain and its functions (see Craik, 1966, chaps. 4-6). 8 A "figure of speech" is any of the various forms of linguistic expression that deviate from the usual arrangement or use of words. The term "trope" is generally treated as a synonym for "figure of speech," and it can be so understood here.

Regarding the thoughts of Peirce, Nietzsche, and Cassirer on metaphor and related topics, which have proved particularly stimulating to many individuals, see Burks (1946), Fann (1970), and Fisch (1986); Blonde! (1977), Breazeale (1975), Cantor (1982), Schrift (1985), and Stern (1978); and Langer (1942), respectively. Ogden (1932) offers an interesting overview of Bentham's theory of fictions, including a section titled "Fictions and Metaphors" (pp. 70-4), and McReynolds (1970) discusses the application of this theory to psychological concepts.

432). Among psychologists, as we shall see, William Psyche's muse 27 James (1890) was among the first to assert that "a native talent for perceiving analogies is ... the leading fact in genius [creative thinking] of every order" (vol. 1, p. 530, italics deleted). 7 I have been unable to relocate the source of this quotation, but it is attributed to Craik somewhere in McCulloch (1965) (see Pribram, 1971, p. 97). In any case, it fits Craik's (1943) general point of view, not to mention his own analogical extrapolations about the brain and its functions (see Craik, 1966, chaps.

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