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Cognitive Anthropology - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 25th, 2004

09:27 pm - Cognitive Anthropology

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From:boannan
Date:January 26th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
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are the colors some secret code?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 26th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
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It's just my little meta-joke. I noticed as I was using a Cognitive Science style of description to describe the relationship of Cognitive Science to Linguistics. Each matching color is a correspondence between an implication I made about the relationship and a kind of relationship that Cognitive Science focuses on.

So when I said "tends to be" I was "abstracing small patterns" (Linguistics is the small pattern and Cognitive Science is the larger pattern and structuralism is the overall template pattern they have in common). When I said it was "structuralist" I was implying an obsession with "systems". When I talked about inherriting features "from" linguistics that was "composition" (Cognitive Science is composed of Linguistics and several other fields).

I didn't realize how ironic it was that I was SO enmeshed in this mindset until after I wrote the two sentences. So then, being obsessed with analyzing and schematizing I had to add the colors.

Clearly, I wasn't as funny as I thought. :)
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