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ERIC Number: ED311522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 25
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Mind Machines, Myth, Metaphor, and Scientific Imagination.
Jansen, Sue Curry
This paper builds upon the poetics of scientific discourse which provide extraordinary insights into the workings of the scientific imagination and into the ways it is both colonized and liberated by the medium of social and ideological transfer--metaphor. The paper examines what constructivism is teaching us about the role metaphor plays in science; reviews some recent constructivist analyses which display archetypal metaphors in selected scientific texts; undertakes a brief case study of the gender-based folklore and mythopoetics of some programmatic texts produced by the artificial intelligence movement; and identifies the challenges mythopoetic analysis of scientific texts pose for the development of more satisfactory theories of knowledge. The paper is in four sections: (1) Metaphor: Wing of Knowledge and Agent of Ideological Transfer; (2) The Phallus in the Paradigm: Feminist Dis-coveries of the Faded Mythologies of Scientific Metaphors (sexual/copulative images, and reproductive images); (3) Making Minds: Sexual and Reproductive Metaphors in the Discourse of Artificial Intelligence Scientists (images of creativity, immortality, and progress, and reproduction as destruction); and (4) Coitus Interruptus: Feminist Alternatives. Ninety-nine notes are included. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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