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The chasm between specific perception and general concepts is far greater than our academic notions, and a language which does our thinking for us, leads us to suppose. 

                                           —Hermann Usener

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1.1  Models Model Minds Mind Models

 “Curiosity demands that we ask questions,” as Richard Feynman told his Caltech students, “that we try to put things together and try to understand this multitude of aspects as perhaps resulting from the action of a relatively small number of elemental things and forces acting in an infinite variety of combinations.” This legendary physicist resorted to jargon only when necessary; his modest words are universal, not only to physics, but—as we all inquire of “elemental things and forces”—to the full range of arts, sciences, and humanities. We “try to put things together” and to pull them apart using models. Questions put to philosophy, psychology, anthropology, theology, and other ’ologies are answered by models that impose a menagerie of figures on the common ground of experience. This chapter will equip you with practical tools to transpose concepts large and small, in genus and species, between models which are only incompatible in theory. To begin, this section surveys the meanings of “model” in word and deed.

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