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Networks of meaning : a bridge between mind and matter
Hardy, Christine, 1949-
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [1998]

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vii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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The generation of meaning lies at the foundation of one's mind. This text suggests it may also be a force shaping objective reality. Usually seen as a purely mental process, meaning is in fact a powerful organizing force, pervading the outside world, bridging the gap between mind and matter.

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Christine Hardy, Ph.D., is President of Interface Psi, a research association investigating latent mind potentials.

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This important contribution in explaining quandaries about the relation of mind to matter proposes a semantic fields model of dynamic systems to account for multilayered consciousness, from individual experience to the role of mind-in-the-world. Hardy asserts that the bridge between mind and matter consists of "semantic constellations" that are networks of meanings and discusses a broad range of research and speculations in psychology, including parapsychology, along with ideas from quantum mechanics and chaos theory. She summarizes clearly a variety of models of mental activity, from Jungian depth psychology to recent cognitive science. Tantalizingly close to providing a satisfying model of mind, Hardy leaves open the mystery of the essential nature of causal or correlation links between the mental and the physical. The elements of meaning networks are concepts, words, and sensations that already encompass some kind of mind-matter bridge. Even if not quite successful in unraveling the world knot of mind-matter relations, this ambitious study is an excellent survey of the psychology of mind. With meticulous documentation and careful explication of technical terms, often using homey metaphors, Hardy makes a wealth of psychological research accessible to the general reader. Anyone interested in psychology, from lower-division undergraduates on up, should study this work. H. C. Byerly emeritus, University of Arizona

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part I The Mind
1. Semantic Constellationsp. 11
Concepts as Complex Meaning Constellationsp. 11
Semantic Constellationsp. 16
2. Conscious Experiencep. 23
Philosophical Backgroundp. 24
The Flow of Consciousnessp. 26
Conscious Experience and the Selfp. 33
3. The Mind's Architecturep. 43
The SeCos Architecturep. 43
Noo-semantic Field and Latticep. 50
4. The Mind's Dynamicsp. 57
Dynamic Activationp. 57
Semantic Activation Sourcesp. 66
Self-reflection and Transformationp. 73
5. Connective Learningp. 81
The Many Paths of Memoryp. 81
Connective Learningp. 87
Self-organization within SeCosp. 94
6. Secos as Dynamical Networksp. 99
Network and Dynamical Models of Learningp. 99
Acquiring Skills: A Multidimensional Networkp. 102
Learning as a Dynamical Systemp. 107
Toward an Integration of Networks and Dynamical Systemsp. 112
Part II Mind-in-the-World
7. Environment, Endo-Context, Exo-Contextp. 121
The Environment in Theories of Perceptionp. 121
Endo- and Exo-contextsp. 127
Collective Semantic Constellationsp. 134
Organizational Closure of the Latticep. 136
8. Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanicsp. 141
Quantum Paradoxesp. 141
Quantum Events in the Brainp. 147
9. Eco-Semantic Fieldsp. 153
Mind/Environment Interactions: A Dynamical Viewp. 153
Subject/Object Synergyp. 157
Eco-fields: The Cultural Dimensionp. 165
10. Events-in-Makingp. 169
Dynamic Unfolding of an Eventp. 169
The Event-in-makingp. 172
11. Communication and Collective Consciousnessp. 179
A Bridge between Mindsp. 180
Weaving the Transpersonal Networkp. 185
Conclusionp. 197
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 211