By Jerome Bruner
Jerome Bruner argues that the cognitive revolution, with its present fixation on brain as "information processor; " has led psychology clear of the deeper aim of knowing brain as a writer of meanings. purely by way of breaking out of the restrictions imposed by way of a computational version of brain will we take hold of the certain interplay during which brain either constitutes and is constituted by means of tradition.
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With the. ~i~. world. ychology. rice. ·its organizing prmcipie is narrative rather than conceptual, I shall have to consider the nature of narrative and how it is built around established or canonical expectations and the mental management of deviations from such expectations. Thus armed, we shall look more closely at how narrative organizes experience, using human 35 • Acts of Meaning • memory as our example. And finally, I shall want to explicate the "meaning-making" process in the light of the foregoing.
Obviously, there are also constraints on commitment to modes of life that are more biological than cultural. Physical exhaustion, hunger, sickness, and pain can break our connections or stem their growth. Elaine Scarry points out in her moving book The Body in Pain that the power of pain (as in torture) is that it obliterates our connection with the personalcultural world and wipes out the meaningful context that gives direction to our hopes and strivings. 29 It narrows human consciousness to the point where, as torturers know, man literally becomes a beast.
And above all, it is concerned with what people say their worlds arc like. Since the rejection of introspection as a core method of psychology, we have been taught to treat such "said" accounts as untrustworthy, even in some odd philosophical way as untrue. "22 Therefore, we judge what people say about themselves and their worlds or about others and theirs almost exclusively in terms of whether it predicts or provides a verifiable description of what they do, did, or will do. " Or, perhaps, as merely "symptoms" that, when properly interpreted, will lead us to the true "cause" of the behavior whose prediction was our proper target.
Acts of Meaning: Four Lectures on Mind and Culture by Jerome Bruner