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The Art of Literature and the Science of Literature

For those interested in Cognitive and Evolutionary Literary Theory – here is a great nutshell sized article by Brian Boyd. Boyd was the writer that started my PhD journey, offering the central premise of my thesis – that fiction is a form … Continue reading

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The Interdisciplinary Thesis – Is your PhD a monster?

Thanks to The Thesis Whisperer (again) for a great post on the perils of the interdisciplinary thesis. It is s struggle to keep your thesis on track when you are drawing from a very different discipline – like my creative writing … Continue reading

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Methodology in humanities

According to my supervisor, “reading shit” is not an adequate methodology description. I have struggled with describing the methodology for my work so far. Scientific methodologies are lovely and straightforward compared to those in the humanities. I even find creative … Continue reading

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The History of Emotions Blog

  I have not been much in the blogging frame of mind this week. But I did find this blog – The History of Emotions – which has some interesting reading matter for those interested in literature and the human mind.

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The Forgetting Pill

A large number of people still see memory as a video-type replay of events; but, on a molecular level, the act of recalling an memory is nearly identical to the initial creation of that memory. Every time we remember we … Continue reading

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Why are we so curious?

Back from the long drive, I found this little article – Why are we so curious? – which relates to my own research into why we have evolved to love reading fiction. This article also says that childishness, distraction and time wasting … Continue reading

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Canine and able: how dogs made us human

Did dogs affect human evolution? We’re not talking any weird inter-species breeding here, but an interesting article none the less – Canine and able: how dogs made us human.

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Brian Boyd lecture

Here’s a link to a lecture by Brian Boyd, on Cognitive and Evolutionary Literary Theory. It covers his theories really well and takes about 50 minutes. Also, it’s worth sticking around for the audience questions and comments at the end, … Continue reading

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