Dear Brett and all,
In case you don't know what I think you know, I think you should know
an essential predecessor to what Gottschall and Zunshine are trying to
R.D.Laing's Knots, published in 1970: a series of poems by this
existential psychologist, exploring precisely this topic of layered
knowing and unknowing. In a quasi-introduction, he says,
"The patterns delineated here have not yet been classified by a
Linneaus of human bondage. ... In these pages I have confined myself to
laying out only some of those I actually have seen. Words that come to
mind to name them are: knots, tangles... webs of maya."
His first prose poem:
They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I
show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish
me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.
On 4/4/2010 12:11 PM, Brett Cooke wrote:
This morning's Houston Chronicle reprinted an article from Friday's NYT re. the work of Lisa Zunshine and Jon Gottschall. The website has a picture of Jon. It is very welcome public acknowledgement of what has been going on in cognitive studies.
In case you missed it, as I almost did: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/books/01lit.html?ref=books
Wut ar the koeld hard jeyommetreez
ov the hewman mien
Tu the flexxen kervz ar naecher?