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...don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

       

                                     —R. Buckminster Fuller



















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1.2  we seem to verb


“In a more complex model the Mind could [...] talk not only of the world (which is opposed to it) but also of itself as a part of the world, and of the same process whereby it, a part of what is interpreted, could serve as interpreter. At this point, however, we would no longer have a model but precisely what the model was clumsily trying to describe.”—Umberto Eco


  Is “the Mind a Thing, or is “to mind to act? To mind is to enact, embody, emulate; to create, cogitate, correlate; to form, fashion, figure. As infants, we interpret our worlds with our senses; as they stabilize, we represent them with words. Model verbs reflect the “metalanguage” (Tarski) used in the cognitive sciences to correlate metamodels; for example, 20th­-century nativists such as Noam Chomsky worked to formalize the innate rules of our speech acquisition, while constructivists like Jean Piaget reckoned the ways children essentialize universal schemas from particular things.

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