Re: Reassessing our practices

Bob King (kingbx@HAMLET.UNCG.EDU)
Tue, 13 Feb 1996 15:31:28 -0500

On Tue, 13 Feb 1996, Martin E. Rosenberg wrote (in part, about):

> showing how both top down superimpositions of schematic thinking and bottom
> up contingent processes are present in distributed models, with both
> cognitive and ideological implications
> So I don't think that throwing out the babies of thought structures
> along with the bathwater of rote, mechanical writing instruction is a
> particularly useful thing to do.

Indeed. I think Kant had similar things to say. If contingency seems not
to be present though in one's recounting of the superimpositions implied
in thought structures, and if one seems unwilling to see in one's
contingencies the superimposition of one's own positioned, professional, and
personal values and language, then some sort of questioning of babies and
bathwaters seems in order, or at least some questioning of how a
metaphor such as throwing babies would emerge in the context of a
discussion of the presumed (or not?) innocence of practices