ERIC Number: ED472156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
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The Manifestation of Symmetry between the Emergence of Consciousness and the Development of Competence.
Bierschenk, Bernhard; Bierschenk, Inger
This paper describes an experiment in which 30 students, classified according to high and low analytical performance, were given a reading and text production test to determine their sensibility to the structure of an Icelandic saga. This material was used because of its extreme simplicity on the textual surface level, a property suited for studying structure as something beyond the surface. The hypothesis tested is whether the structure mediated though the produced texts pertains to a descriptive dimension, implying analytic sensibility or to a reflective dimension, indicating synthetic sensibility. Hence, the aim of the experiment was to demonstrate the extent to which a certain learning strategy is governing the pick-up and production of a particular structure. Since synthesis is connected with structure, it implies that synthesis can only be studied through the structure of text production. In advancing the bio-kinetic hypothesis that the complexity and nonlinear dynamics of a produced discourse can be approached on the basis of the Agent-action-Objective (AaO) paradigm, it is shown that the derived [AaO] units rotate and AaO-governed rotations are including A- and O- functions that can be imaged in real time. On the basis of two discourses concerning the Icelandic saga, it is demonstrated that a system of [AaO] units has the capacity to keep track of rotations and to assemble textual elements that fit into the structure of a particular text. Discourse (A) has been shown to produce a state space in which the terminus, associated with the global state attractor, communicates an inevitable course of events, while the other (B) communicates boldness as final outcome. Thus, the results of the experiment make evident that significant differences in emergent consciousness are crucially dependent on structural sensibility and the developed learning strategies. (Contains 10 figures and 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Cognitive Science Research.; Copenhagen Univ. (Denmark). Cognitive Science Research.