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 target of realizing brain as a writer of meanings. in simple terms via breaking out of the constraints imposed through a computational version of brain do we seize the targeted interplay by which brain either constitutes and is constituted through tradition.
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Extra resources for Acts of Meaning (Four Lectures on Mind and Culture - Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures)
But with a few exceptions, notably Vygotsky, we did not pursue the impact of language · use on the nature of man as a species. 17 We were slow to grasp fully what the emergence of culture meant for human . adaptation and for human functioning. It was not just the · increased size and power of the human brain, not just bipedal- ' ism and its freeing of the hands. These were merely morpho- · logical steps in evolution that would not have mattered save · for the concurrent emergence of shared symbolic systems, of · traditionalizcd ways of living and working together-in short, · of human culture.
There are two seductively misleading psychological views on this question-one of them seemingly rationalist in apparatus, the other romantically irrationalist. The latter holds that values arc a function of gut reactions, displaced psychic conflicts, temperament, and the like. Insofar as the irrationalists take culture into account, it is as a source of supply, a cafeteria of values from which one chooses as a function of one's individual drives or conflicts. Values are not seen in terms of how they relate the individual to the culture, and their stability is accounted for by such fixatives as reinforcement schedules, neurotic rigidity, and so on.
They are culrural meanings that guide and control our individual acts. 38 • Folk Psychology as an Instrument of Culture • III Since I am proposing that a folk psychology must be at the base of any cultural psychology, let me as a "participant observer'' sample some major constituents of our own folk psychology to illustrate what I have in mind. These are, please note, simply constituents: that is to say, they are the elementary · beliefs or premises that enter into the narratives about human plights of which folk psychology consists.
Acts of Meaning (Four Lectures on Mind and Culture - Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures) by Jerome Bruner