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ERIC Number: EJ1074963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Actual Minds of Two Halves: Measurement, Metaphor and the Message
Stewart, Georgina
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n11 p1227-1233 2015
This article takes "measurement" as a will to determine or fix space and time, which allows for a comparison of ontological models of space and time from Western and Maori traditions. The spirit of "measurement" is concomitantly one of fixing meaning, which is suggested as the essence of the growth of the scientific genre of language that has taken place alongside the growth of science itself, since the European Enlightenment. "Measurement" and "metaphor" are posited as an original binary for classifying thinking and language, updating classical educational models of thought by drawing on recent results in brain and cognitive science, and recognising that basic cognitive resources, such as logic and rationality, power all forms of thinking. The article suggests that the notion of "cultural worldview" may involve different balances of left and right brain thinking, embedded in the discourses, lexicons and grammars of each language, and that Western domination of left brain thinking (through the influence of science on the European languages, particularly English) may be a useful viewpoint on the philosophical dead end of the West.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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