Acts of Meaning

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Harvard University Press, 1990 - Medical - 181 pages
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Jerome Bruner argues that the cognitive revolution, with its current fixation on mind as "information processor;" has led psychology away from the deeper objective of understanding mind as a creator of meanings. Only by breaking out of the limitations imposed by a computational model of mind can we grasp the special interaction through which mind both constitutes and is constituted by culture.
 

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Decent. A guy who knows how to stick to an outline. Seriously, some great, groundbreaking ideas stated in a straightforward and accessible way... for an academic text, that is. What I wouldn't give to have a novel on my reading list. Read full review

Acts of meaning

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A psychologist and educator, and a pioneer in the field of cognition, Bruner provides an outline for a new synthesis of inquiry into mind and culture. The book consists of the 1989-90 Jerusalem ... Read full review

Contents

The Proper Study of Man
1
Folk Psychology as an Instrument of Culture
33
Entry into Meaning
67
Autobiography and Self
99
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Jerome Seymour Bruner was born in Manhattan, New York on October 1, 1915. Born blind because of cataracts, he had an experimental operation to restore his vision at the age of 2. He received a degree in psychology from Duke University in 1937 and received a doctorate from Harvard University. His theories about perception, child development, and learning informed education policy and helped launch the cognitive revolution. He wrote or co-wrote several books including A Study of Thinking written with Jacqueline J. Goodnow and George A. Austin and The Process of Education. He helped design Head Start, the federal program introduced in 1965 to improve preschool development. He died on June 5, 2016 at the age of 100.

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