What we know forms a resource for our imaginations

“The mind is an organ that perceives and feels as well as knows, and the three, along with other features of our mental lives, are combined in ways we haven’t the vaguest understanding of. What we know forms a resource for our imaginations. All the facts in the library that I know how to locate do not inform the way my imagination works. All the poems stored on a computer will influence the rhythms of our language and our images and emotions not. Whit, whereas those we learned by rote are a constant resource for the imagination when we write or talk or lie silent in the night.”
Ref: p.137 Kieran Egan (c2002) getting it wrong from the beginning: our progressivist inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget. Yale University Press: New Haven and London


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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