Networks of Meaning: A Bridge Between Mind and Matter (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1998 - Philosophy - 217 pages
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The generation of meaning is the most fundamental process of the mind. It underlies all major mental functions, such as intelligence, memory, perception, and communication. Not surprisingly, it has been one of the most difficult processes to understand and represent in a model of human cognition. Dr. Christine Hardy introduces two fundamental concepts to address the complexity and richness of meaning. First, she discusses Semantic Constellations, which constitute the basic transversal network organization of mental and neural processes. Second, she addresses a highly dynamic connective process that underlies conscious thought and constantly gives birth to novel emergents or meanings. Taken together, Hardy asserts, the mind's network architecture and connective dynamics allow for self-organization, generativity, and creativity. They can also account for some of the most interesting facets of mental processes, in particular, nonlinear shifts and "breakthroughs" such as intuition, insights, and shifts in states of consciousness. This connective dynamic does not just take place within the mind. Rather, it involves a continuously evolving person-environment interaction: meaning is injected into the environment, and then retrojected, somewhat modified, back into the psyche. This means that, simultaneously, we are both perceiving reality and subtly influencing the very reality we perceive: objects, events, and other individuals. The way in which we think and feel, both individually and collectively, interacts with the physical world and directly shapes the society in which we live. The very same connective dynamic, Hardy shows, is the foundation for those rare yet striking transpersonal experiences known as synchronicity and psychic phenomena. We live in a world in which we interact with reality at a very fundamental level. Hardy's work is a major analysis for scholars and researchers in the cognitive sciences, psychology, and parapsychology.
  

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Contents

SEMANTIC CONSTELLATIONS
11
Semantic Constellations
16
CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE
23
Philosophical Background
24
The Flow of Consciousness
26
Conscious Experience and the Self
33
THE MINDS ARCHITECTURE
43
Noosemantic Field and Lattice
50
ENVIRONMENT ENDOCONTEXT EXOCONTEXT
121
Endo and Exocontexts
127
Collective Semantic Constellations
134
Organizational Closure of the Lattice
136
MIND MATTER AND QUANTUM MECHANICS
141
Quantum Events in the Brain
147
ECOSEMANTIC FIELDS
153
SubjectObject Synergy
157

THE MINDS DYNAMICS
57
Semantic Activation Sources
66
Selfreflection and Transformation
73
CONNECTIVE LEARNING
81
Connective Learning
87
Selforganization within SeCos
94
SECOS AS DYNAMICAL NETWORKS
99
A Multidimensional Network
102
Learning as a Dynamical System
107
Toward an Integration of Networks and Dynamical Systems
112
The Cultural Dimension
165
EVENTSINMAKING
169
The Eventinmaking
172
COMMUNICATION AND COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS
179
A Bridge between Minds
180
Weaving the Transpersonal Network
185
CONCLUSION
197
BIBLIOGRAPHY
201
INDEX
211
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Hardy is President of Interface Psi, a research association investigating latent mind potentials.

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