What Myths Reveal About How Humans Think: A Cognitive Approach To Myth

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Title: What Myths Reveal About How Humans Think: A Cognitive Approach To Myth
Author: Hodge, Keith Mitchell
Abstract: This thesis has two main goals : (1 ) to argue that myths are natural products of human cognition ; and (2 ) that structuralism , as introduced by Claude Levi -Strauss , provides an over -arching theory of myth when supplemented and supported by current research in philosophy of mind , cognitive psychology , and cognitive anthropology . With regard to (1 ) , we argue that myths are naturally produced by the human mind through individuals' interaction with their natural and social environments . This interaction is constrained by both the type of body the individual has and the environment in which the individual is situated . From this interaction , we argue , is produced the human -body metaphor which plays an essential role in forming analogical mental models which humans use to navigate , predict , and think about their environment (s ) . With regard to (2 ) , we argue that these analogical mental models are the structures from which myths are created , just as structural anthropology suggests .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /24
Date: 2007-08-23

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What Myths Reveal About How Humans Think: A Cognitive Approach To Myth. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /24 .

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