The poetics of experience

The danger with the approach I’m following is the problem that is always linked with the fine scale approach – it looses sight of the bigger picture.

All this stuff that goes on inside the head is not experienced. For most people, the brain synthesises all this stuff together so that we don’t realise it’s happening. Instead life is a seamless flow of experience with sensation, meaning and thought all mingled together. Furthermore knowing the basic mechanics of memory doesn’t really get at the larger scale issues around the creation of meaning.

Basically, knowing the details doesn’t necessarily get at (for lack of a better phrase) the poetics of experience. But how do you do that?

About Bruce Davenport

Research associate at Newcastle University. Previously a museum educator and researcher.
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