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ERIC Number: ED161046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Apology for "Logos."
Crowley, Sharon
Composition can play an important role in helping our society move away from being a "mentally handicapped" left-brained culture because composition is one of the few "bispheral" activities; left and right brain functions seem to alternate during the writing process, supplementing the insights of each other. Currently, however, most teaching of writing is postulated on the left-brained model that there is a world "out there" and another "in here" and that it is preferable to write using reason, facts, and objective quantity instead of using emotion, values, or opinions. This perspective has had a profound effect on writing as it makes invention irrelevant if truth can only be known objectively and if faith, theories, and beliefs are viewed with suspicion. The powers of words (logos) which allow us to classify and perform left-brained functions, however, are also the sources of their creative or right-brained potential. A new word opens new paths of thinking and makes us conscious of objects and concepts we could not perceive or conceive without it. As children become conscious of words and sentences through learning to write and manipulate them, they can move to higher levels of consciousness which in turn moves them away from being strictly left-brained and allows the creative, imaginative, and intuitive powers of the right hemisphere of the brain to develop. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)