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Darwin-L Message Log 1:194 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<1:194>From GA3704@SIUCVMB.SIU.EDU  Thu Sep 23 09:33:19 1993

Date: Thu, 23 Sep 93 09:31:52 CST
From: "Margaret E. Winters" <GA3704@SIUCVMB.SIU.EDU>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: interconnections

Mark Rushing asked a couple of days ago about the
interconnection between mental categories and, it
seems to me, an even wider question about creativity.
I don't know of any empirical studies (though surely
there must be in the psychological literature - perhaps
Eleanor Rosch is the place to start), but I can recommend
a very good article which appeared in `Language' vol. 49
(1973) on abductive and deductive change, where its
author, Henning Andersen, explores the nature of abductive
reasoning, roughly the same as analogical thought.  I've
been thinking about the problem from the point of view
of language change as well, and believe that the key lies
here.
 Mark, I hope this gets you somewhere.
         Margaret Winters
         <ga3704@siucvmb.siu.edu>

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