Myriadmindedness: A Revolutionary Learning Process

By David Madden.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Myriadmindedness is a new, revolutionary learning process that will enable us to feel, imagine, and think two, then three, then four things simultaneously, not sequentially. History does not record a major breakthrough in man's ability to feel, imagine, and think. Myriadmindedness is a long-term process that will result in man's ability to break free of a mechanical, additive, sequential method of experiencing consciousness. That process will depend upon major developments in computer technology that will be specifically designed to aid that process. The cognitive science premise is that that the unconscious has always functioned in the way that is described above; therefore, research into the ways the unconscious functions in dreams and in ways not yet discovered will provide models for designing the process that, aided by new developments in computer technology, will result in the ability to feel, imagine, and think two things simultaneously (within perhaps ten years), then three things (within perhaps another 20 years), and four and perhaps more. Development of the interdisciplinary temperament has a key role in Myriadmindedness; for instance, instead of operating out of two or three disciplines, the mind, again with the aid of new computer technology (three windows active simultaneously, using two hands and voice), will move quickly among many disciplines within a short time to learn, to research, to solve problems of many types, and, even, to explore playfully.

Keywords: Myriadmindedness, Feel, Imagine, Think, Unconscious, Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Temperament

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 9, pp.157-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 520.369KB).

Prof. David Madden

Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, Department of English, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisana, USA

A Writer for all Genres. He was assistant editor of The Kenyon Review, founding Director of LSU’s Creative Writing Program, and founding Director of the United States Civil War Center 1992-1999. Since 1961, he has published 9 novels and two collections of stories, several of which have won national awards, two nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, one made into a movie, another optioned. He recently a short novel and a trilogy set on ancient London Bridge. Among his works of literary criticism are: Wright Morris, A Primer of the Novel, Harlequin’s Stick, Charlie’s Cane, James M. Cain, Revising Fiction, and The Poetic Image in Six Genres. He has published essays on American, British, and French novelists, classic and modern, and edited many books of original critical essays on James Agee, Nathanael West, Robert Penn Waren, Civil War novels, and tough guy and proletarian literature of the Thirties. A second collection of his essays was published this July: Touching the Web of Southern Novelists.

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