Info Gluttony

In with the new

Posted in Uncategorized by echan on January 17, 2010

According to Terry Castle, this is what has replaced critical theory (which was in vogue when I was a student):

The smartest literary scholars right now are interested in evolutionary psychology and brain science — how we may be hard-wired for fiction-making, aesthetic appreciation and the like.

If this is true, I like where things are going.  #theninetiesaredead


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  1. greg said, on January 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Knowing nothing else but this one-line description, sounds like they’re following in the well-worn Chomsky “Universal Grammar” path. Which would follow – if we’re hard-wired for certain grammatical structures that enable language learning, why not certain sense-making structures that help us process the results of language and other symbols?

  2. ToastyKen said, on January 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I’m quite conflicted about evolutionary psychology. On one hand, it always makes so much sense to me, and I constantly make use of it to try to explain things. On the other, uses of evolutionary psychology rarely follow the scientific method. Most claims cannot be tested because we don’t have any fossil record of our psychology. :\

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