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The Way We Think : Conceptual Blending And The Mind's Hidden Complexities - Gilles Fauconnier

The Way We Think

Conceptual Blending And The Mind's Hidden Complexities

Paperback Published: 18th March 2003
ISBN: 9780465087860
Number Of Pages: 464
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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"The Way We Think is a dazzling tour of the complexities of human imagination. "--George Lakoff, co-author of Philosophy in the Flesh and Where Mathematics Comes From. . In its first two decades, much of cognitive science focused on such mental functions as memory, learning, symbolic thought, and language acquisition --the functions in which the human mind most closely resembles a computer. But humans are more than computers, and the cutting-edge research in cognitive science is increasingly focused on the more mysterious, creative aspects of the mind. The Way We Think is a landmark synthesis that exemplifies this new direction. The theory of conceptual blending is already widely known in laboratories throughout the world; this book is its definitive statement. Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner argue that all learning and all thinking consist of blends of metaphors based on simple bodily experiences. These blends are then themselves blended together into an increasingly rich structure that makes up our mental functioning in modern society. A child's entire development consists of learning and navigating these blends. The Way We Think shows how this blending operates; how it is affected by (and gives rise to) language, identity, and concept of category; and the rules by which we use blends to understand ideas that are new to us. The result is a bold, exciting, and accessible new view of how the mind works.

Overview by Chapterp. xi
The Network Model
The Age of Form and the Age of Imaginationp. 3
The Tip of the Icebergp. 17
The Elements of Blendingp. 39
On the Way to Deeper Mattersp. 59
Cause and Effectp. 75
Vital Relations and Their Compressionsp. 89
Compressions and Clashesp. 113
Continuity Behind Diversityp. 139
How Conceptual Blending Makes Human Beings what they are, for Better and for Worse
The Origin of Languagep. 171
Thingsp. 195
The Construction of the Unrealp. 217
Identity and Characterp. 249
Category Metamorphosisp. 269
Multiple Blendsp. 279
Multiple-Scope Creativityp. 299
Constitutive and Governing Principlesp. 309
Form and Meaningp. 353
The Way We Livep. 389
Notesp. 397
Referencesp. 405
Further Important Work on Conceptual Blendingp. 415
Indexp. 423
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ISBN: 9780465087860
ISBN-10: 0465087868
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 18th March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1