ERIC Number: ED338650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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The Schema Axiom as Foundation of a Theory for Measurement and Representation of Consciousness. No. 38.
In this study, the Kantian schema has been applied to natural language expression. The novelty of the approach concerns the way in which the Kantian schema interrelates the analytic with the synthetic mode in the construction of the presented formalism. The main thesis is based on the premise that the synthetic, in contrast to the analytic, proposition plays the central role in the measurement and representation of consciousness. It is assumed that the discontinuities in natural language production are the only reliable observations and that there is at present no other way in which these observations can be formalized. Despite the enormous number of textual elements and variations, it has been possible to demonstrate perspective and objective structures empirically as the result of a series of non-deterministic bifurcations of a dynamic vector field within euclidean space. By contrasting the captions to the picture series of the original "visual cliff" experiments with a narration produced in an experiment with a single subject, it was possible to show that the formalism can deal with alternative descriptions of the same system (experimental arrangement). On the basis of the given theoretical outline, a totally new comprehension of "text" and the underlying theoretical concepts related to the ecological approach to visual perception has emerged. Five figures illustrate the discussion. There is a 41-item list of references. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Cognitive Science Research.