Changing Visions

Changing Visions

Human Cognitive Maps : Past, Present, and Future

Book - 1996
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ABC-CLIO
In this work the authors prompt us to become more conscious of our own cognitive map, and explain how it can be adapted to the exigencies of our changing world so that it can be better-used to guide our steps toward the 21st century.
The four authors of this book recognize that no one on the common human journey to the 21st century can pick the best route without consulting a "map"--that is to say, an interconnected set of understandings about what in a given situation is important, what demands action and attention, and what does not. The problem, they contend, is that the picture of the world we each carry in our mind may not be a true mapping of the reality that surrounds us. This picture, the cognitive map, could always be sharper. The authors prompt us to become more conscious of our own cognitive map, and explain how it can be adapted to the exigencies of our changing world so that it can be better-used to guide our steps toward the 21st century.

Book News
An explanation of how human beings and societies create "cognitive maps" which form our reality and write the moral conduct for our cultures. The authors raise some interesting questions about morality, reality, religion, science, and art while forming a description of this neurophysical and psychological theory. Perhaps most interesting is the question raised in the concluding chapters: Can we change our maps? The answer belongs to the mysteries of evolution, though the possibilities are delicious as a way out of the fragmentation which plagues modern society. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1996
ISBN: 9780275956769
0275956768
9780275956776
0275956776
Characteristics: viii, 133 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Laszlo, Ervin 1932-

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