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Think Electrate -- Week 4 Orientation


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Think Electrate -- Week 4 Orientation

  1. 1. Think Electrate:Inventing Electrate Thinking PracticesRichard Smyth, C.M.Full DigressorUnderAcademy College24 May 2013Week 4: Orientation
  2. 2. Week 3 Review--read Ulmer essay “Florida Measure (Chora)”--Forum discussions about emblem writingand iconic images--Google Hangout discussion– “Florida Measure” as comic– testifying as electrate strategy– on master tropes of literacy &electracy– remix as rhetorical dispositio /arrangement as inventio
  3. 3. Week 4 Preview--Continue prior weeks discussions--read Richard Smyths “Imaging Place asImaging Thought” essay--Week 4 discussion questions in forum--continue discussion of key Hangout: time to be determined
  4. 4. Memory Palace as Image Writing--ancient rhetorical mnemonic strategy--use of images in locations to help inordering and identifying “topoi” (topics)of a speech--rhetorical guides suggested using striking &vivid images set in a familiar space--spatial thinking/reasoning
  5. 5. Embodied Cognition--metaphorical concepts:dead or forgottenmetaphors that structurethought--”The Mind is a BodyMoving through Space”
  6. 6. Embodied CognitionSome related metaphorical concepts:--Ideas are Locations--Reason is a Force--A Line of Thought is A Path--Communicating is Guiding--Understanding is Following--Inability to Think is Inability to Move(Lakoff and Johnson 236)
  7. 7. Spatial Theory of Thinking“...reasoning requires goingbeyond language and isbased on the construction,inspection, and variationof spatially organizedmental representations.”(Knauff xi)
  8. 8. Memory Palace as Spatial Thinking“This combination of a nonsymbolicrepresentation of where information and asymbolic representation of what informationis, I think, highly suitable for a cognitivetheory of human reasoning.”(Knauff 38)
  9. 9. Examples of Spatial Thinking“A post (future) writing would leave theseassumptions at the center of (current)traditional composition pedagogy and moveto the wayside, the gutter” (Figueiredo 14).“...allow a free play of the imagination totake alternate routes” (Figueiredo 16).
  10. 10. Imaging Place as Imaging Thought--an invitation to think with/in/through thismetaphorical concept--essay is an attempt to “show and tell”--relevant in the age of augmented realityand locative media--how can conscious awareness of thismetaphorical concept help us to “thinkelectrate”?
  11. 11. ReferencesFigueiredo, Sergio. Un/Composing (Visual) Rhetorics: A Comic(s) View of Writingin the Age of New Media. Diss. Clemson University, 2011. Print.Knauff, Markus. Space to Reason: A Spatial Theory of Human Thought.Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.Lakoff, George and Mark Johnson. Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind AndIts Challenge to Western Thought. New York: Basic Books, 1999.
  12. 12. ContactRichard Smyth,