The mind works as a whole

Rationality is not simply a set of computing skills; the mind works as a whole, and its whole includes our bodies and our emotions and imaginations.
~ Kieran Egan (p.100 An Imaginative Approach)

“Brian Sutton-Smith wrote, “The mind is …a narrative concern” (1988, p.22). This is a view that is becoming increasingly widely accepted. Jerome Bruner has also elaborated a view of the mind as involving a crucial narrative dimension (1986). The older view of the mind as an elaborate calculating organ with reason as its mode of calculating has become increasingly untenable. Rationality is not simply a set of computing skills; the mind works as a whole, and its whole includes our bodies and our emotions and imaginations. We have discovered – or at least people who didn’t know these things all along have discovered – that we make sense [-p.100] of our experience and the world in narratives, that we can recall items in narratives better in logically ordered lists, that we organize our memories more profoundly and reliably according to emotional rather than logical associations, and so on.” (pp.99-100)

Ref: (italics in original; emphases in blue bold mine) Kieran Egan (c2005) An Imaginative Approach to Teaching. Jossey-Bass: San Fransisco

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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