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Beyond Folklore

  • Oldrich BubakEmail author
  • Henry Jacek
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Abstract

A case has been made for the importance of cognitive engagement, especially acute in the information age as we take on new roles of digital citizens, virtual producers, or self- counselors, planners, or dieticians. There is little doubt the way we understand the world—our predominant cognitive style—has evolved over time. Yet, our discourse reveals we do not think alike, with much of our society gravitating toward myth, evaluating ideas on all but their merit, or avoiding reflection, all thinking common to our past. Beyond Folklore thus first examines our individual and social development and continues with a discussion of cultural cognitive development throughout history. The goal is to understand the present condition of our culture of thought and the potentials for the future.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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