The manifestation of symmetry between the emergence of consciousness and the development of competence

Bernhard Bierschenk, Inger Bierschenk

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The article presents an experiment in which students, classified according to high and low analytical performance, were given a reading and text production test to determine their sensibility to the structure of an Icelandic saga. This material was used because of its extreme simplicity on the textual surface level, a property suited for studying structure as something beyond the surface. The hypothesis tested is whether the structure mediated through the produced texts pertains to a descriptive dimension, implying analytic sensibility or to a reflective dimension, indicating synthetic sensibility. In advancing the bio-kinetic hypothesis that the complexity and non-linear dynamics of a produced discourse can be approached on the basis of the Agent-action-Objective (AaO) paradigm, it is shown that the derived [AaO] units rotate. It is demonstrated that a system of [AaO] units has the capacity to assemble textual elements that fit into the structure of a particular text. Discourse (A) has been shown to produce a state space in which the terminus of the global state attractor communicates an inevitable course of events. The other (B) communicates boldness as final outcome. Evidently, significant differences in emergent consciousness are crucially dependent on structural sensibility and the developed learning strategies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCopenhagen University & Lund University
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameKognitionsvetenskaplig forskning / Cognitive Science Research
ISSN (Print)0281-9864

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology


  • Single Subject Study
  • learning strategy
  • teaching strategy
  • style of writing
  • AaO mechanism
  • holophors
  • metaphysical properties
  • Icelandic saga
  • Gunnlaug Ormstungu


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