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Archives for July, 2006

There are a few topics in cognitive science that are like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I find the very mention of them irritating, and the irritation can stick in my craw for days. At or near the top of that list are mirror neurons. These little cells have been made so sexy, either…

Graham Priest On What Philosophy Is

From what I know of Graham Priest, he’s an interesting philosopher. I read his book on intentionality, Towards Non-Being a few months ago, and enjoyed it, and I read his Introduction to Non-Classical Logic a few years ago, and have recommended it. So when I saw that he had written a paper titled “What is…

Lakoff Interviewed at Emboldened

Those of you interested in this whole frame analysis thing, or in George Lakoff’s new cult of personality, might find his blog interview at Emboldened. I’m planning on writing a post about Lakoff when my computer access is more consistent, because I’ve been thinking about his (and Mark Johnson’s) theory of concepts, and by extension,…

That’s It for the Old Posts

That’s it for the republishing of the old posts, for now at least. If you read the posts on art and/or metaphor, I hope you enjoyed them, and maybe even learned something. For administrative purposes, I’m including links to all 8 posts here: Cognitive Science of Art Goals and Motivations of Neuroaesthetics Ramachandran’s 10 Principles…

Metaphor IV: The Reckoning

[First posted on 11/03/04 at the old blog.] In the final installment of Mixing Memory’s metaphor series (for now — at some later date I’ll get to novel vs. dead metaphors), I try to use the empirical data to distinguish between the categorization and structure mapping theories of metaphor. Before I start, I should make…

[First published on 2/4/05 at the old blog.] If you’ve read my two previous posts on Ramachandran’s principles of art (here and here), you’ve probably got a good idea of what Ramachandran’s concept of beauty is. While his 10 principles of art are concerned more with the production of art and the visual principles that…

Metaphor III: Metaphor Is Categorization

[First posted on 11/1/04 at the old blog.] I have heard that there is an election today, and I’ve heard that it’s going to be close and contentious, but I don’t care. Here at Mixing Memory, we’re only worried about metaphor for now (and soon, classical vs. connectionist architectures, and perhaps after that, idioms, and…

[First published on 1/22/05 at the old blog.] Recall V.S. Ramachandran’s 10 principles of art. Peak shift Perceptual Grouping and Binding Contrast Isolation Perceptual problem solving Symmetry Abhorrence of coincidence/generic viewpoint Repetition, rhythm and orderliness Balance Metaphor In the last post, I talked about the first three. In this post, I’ll discuss 4, 5, 6,…

[First posted on 11/1/04 at the old blog.] Onward we go to the first contemporary view of metaphor, structure mapping theory. Before I start, though, I want to clear something up. Perhaps no one has actually been confused, but I’m afraid that I haven’t made something clear that should be made clear. For the most…

[First published on 1/20/05 at the old blog.] As a starting point for the attempt to discover universals in art based on our knowledge of neuroscience, and visual neuroscience in particular, V.S. Ramachandran has proposed ten principles of art (eight of which come from the paper he wrote with William Hirstein, titled “The Science of…