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Actual Minds, Possible Worlds
In this characteristically graceful and provocative book, Jerome Bruner, one of the principal architects of the cognitive revolution, sets forth nothing less than a new agenda for the study of mind. According to Professor Bruner, cognitive science has set its sights too narrowly on the logical, systematic aspects of mental life--those thought processes we use to solve puzz ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 15th 1987 by Harvard University Press
(first published 1985)
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Accessible and lucid, psychologist Bruner's text focused on the power of narrative to imagine possible worlds. The one thing I found problematic that he later corrected in his approach to the mind is that he saw thinking as essentially divided into two categories, analytical and narrative, not an original idea, but binary, limited. My view is that narrative permeates all thinking, it is fundamental in constructing reality, and this is something he came to agree with me about, eventually. :)
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Dry to the point of unnecessarily unreadable, poorly organized with occasional little gems of thought. Probably a good book to read about rather than actually try to read. Might be a lot better if you're reading it as from a literary perspective rather than educator trying to learn about learning.
Jerome Seymour Bruner is an American psychologist predominately in the fields of developmental, educational, and legal psychology, and is one of the pioneers of the cognitive psychology movement in the United States. He is a senior research fellow at the New York University School of Law. He received his B.A. in 1937 from Duke University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1941. During World ...more