To any of you that read my out-of-character post last week. If you’re wondering, I’m still sane, of course sanity is relative and my own standards–for myself ;-)–are necessarily quite liberal. Every once in a while I feel a need to think differently and this need grows and grows and grows, until…BOOM.
I’m assuming that somebody read my little story and is still wondering what the hell it meant. Well frankly, I’m not sure it means anything too specific. I began with a loose concept and then took to automatic writing. Yes, it really was that spontaneous. However, I did sit on it for a day or two and played with the words a bit.
Assuming there is a deep-rooted structure to the chaos and you’re interested in decoding the mystery, you’ll need some empirical basis in which to begin; that is, if you wish to arrive at a theory that is grounded to any external reality beyond your own imaginings (in this case you need to know more about my imaginings). Interested? Well then, you’ll need a little background information about what inspired me.
I began the story by wanting to write something that put the concept of associative networks (as used in cognitive psychology) to an allegorical plot of self-discovery. I like the associative network model of cognition and see culture as a macro reflection of that. My inspiration for this comes from Bakhtin’s dialogism. Bakhtin proposed a literary theory in which he insisted that no work is an island but rather an intertextual dialogue. I take both mind and culture to exist in a state of response—that there is no such thing as an isolated idea—and I take this as the basis for sociocultural evolution. Social psychologists may not be very familiar with Bakhtin but they might recognize my conceptualization of associative networks and heuristic processing.
That is all I’ll say on the matter