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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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It seems to me the insight about attention should be more specific: attention to what? And it is there that it could be combined profitably with the symbolic theory, with meaning, even with syntax. After all, words direct attention to something which is "not here", something which is merely signified, and part of the point is that there is so much world that is "not here", so much of the point of language has to consist in the mental organization of that absent or virtual world, in order to be able to direct attention to it.
BLOGGER: Asking 'attention to what?' misses the main point. Reflexive attention is attention to the unexpected stimulus. Deliberative attention is attention to the task at hand. Voluntary attention is attention to what the organism chooses to attend to.

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