DOI: 10.14704/nq.2006.4.3.102

Science and Subjectivity. A Fresh Look at Phenomenology and Deconstruction Enabling Meaning in Cognitive Studies

Keith Whittingslow

Abstract


This précis suggests how a scientifically unique method of phenomenology, one that describes a field theory of being, might along with deconstruction theory and the understanding of metaphor, rigorously enhance our ability to do cognitive science. Cognitive Science is, in a critical sense, a multidisciplinary effort. And this fact, along with the increasing use of phenomenology as a research tool imposes a burden on its correspondents to employ a wide variety of terminology, and necessitates considerable extension and expansion of a highly specialized and presently discipline-diverse language. Moreover, reference is also made herein to 'quantum semantics', a heuristic that may allow us to deal more definitively in thinking, talking and writing about the cognitive sciences. Quantum holism and a spatio-temporal electromagnetic theory of consciousness, along with the semantics necessary to deal with them, are mentioned as potential areas and types of research likely to generate a bridge theory en route to a comprehensive theory of mind. Reviewed also is the primacy of modeling with words, and the emphasis of semantics being derived from natural language, as opposed to a structurally self-limited symbolic logic. By acknowledging our current lack of precision in meaning as a problem, and simultaneously increasing our efforts toward the engagement and establishment of a more comprehensive and definitive semantics, we may expect to glean an augmented understanding of cognitive science.

Keywords


science, subjectivity, consciousness, mind, cognitive science

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