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Is Paintbrush a Pump?: Image Based Thought
« on: 05/02/2009 12:33:46 »
Paintbrush is Pump: Image Based Thought

Einstein said that his creative talents were a result not of mathematical skills but the result of his ability to visualize.  He indicated that he did the tedious task of converting muscular movements and visualized images to words and equations only after he had completed his creative task.  For example his first insight into “relativity” happened when he imagined riding on a beam of light.

What are the roles for images in human thought?

Einstein’s images might best be thought of as metaphors without words.  To be more specific they are image-based metaphors wherein the source domain is a visualized scene whose inference structure can be mapped into the target domain, i.e. in this case the scientific domain.


Donald Schon, a researcher in the cognitive sciences, tells us of a group working on a difficult task of designing a satisfactory paintbrush made of synthetic bristles.  In the middle of a discussion among the technicians designing the brush one of the group had that eureka moment and shouted “You know, a paintbrush is a kind of pump”.  This insight Schon explains caused the designers “to notice new features of the brush and of the painting process”.

In this example and in the Einstein example the source domain, information rich with concrete experiences, has an inference structure which is immediately mapped into the target domain structure.  Only later are the results, the images, accumulated into words and equations.  As Oliver Wendell Holmes concluded “We need to think of things instead of words”.



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« Reply #1 on: 05/02/2009 21:29:53 »
I think that it is very good and also important that we can think with images.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 06/02/2009 11:08:12 »
I think that it is very good and also important that we can think with images.

We thought with images before there was language and we still think in images and translate those images into language when we try to communicate.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 06/02/2009 11:10:08 »
There is always the arguement as to whether blind people think with images.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 06/02/2009 21:38:44 »
There is always the arguement as to whether blind people think with images.

Before there was language there were creatures creating images by which thinking takes place.

All of our laws of natural science are human constructs that depended upon imaginative rationality in their construction.

Human understanding is about a process of developing imaginative models of reality and then testing those imaginative structures against what is perceived as reality.  We comprehend our model of reality, i.e. our hypothesis, as being true when that model fits our comprehension of the situation closely enough for our purposes.

In our vanity we have tried to hide the true nature of imagination because imagination has been closely associated with the body, how ghastly the vulgar body when compared to the nature of gods.  Can one be a god when one is required to drag along the body, especially when that body includes an anus?

Imagine how imagination works.

Imagination has a two part job: Imagination is part of the creation of image schemas and of the creation of elaborate models of reality.  Imagination fits into the beginning of thought and into the resulting meaning of thought.

SGCS (Second Generation Cognitive Science) and Antonio Damasio inform me that before there is a concept of an object or an experience there exists already preconceptual structures that makes such things possible. 

An object is an entity: such as a person, rock, tree, tooth ache, song, melody, etc.  An image is a “mental pattern in any of the sensory modalities, e.g. a sound image, a tactile image, the image of a state of well-being.  Such images convey aspects of the physical characteristics of the object and they may also convey the reaction of like or dislike one may have for an object, the plans one may formulate for it, or the web of relationships of this object among other objects.” Pge 9 damasio

How are such resulting images from the inputs from our five sensory portals formed into what might loosely be called the MITB (“movie-in-the-brain”)?  Damasio says “I believe these qualities will be eventually explained neurobiological although at the moment the neurobiological account is incomplete and there is an explanatory gap.”

Consciousness is a matter of connecting this MITB with the self.  Damasio cannot explain at this time the biological formation of the object but sets himself the task of theorizing about the second problem of consciousness; that is the parallel problem of comprehending the sense of self in the act of knowing.

Consciousness is the coming together of an object and the self.

Quotes from “The Feeling of what Happens” Antonio Damasio
 

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