Metaphor and Mental Duality
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This chapter seeks to proceed from a consideration of learning and perception to language and metaphor. The role of the left hemisphere in language-related behavior is also confirmed in people without brain injury by monitoring the electrical activity over various regions of the scalp during the performance of verbal task. Miller interprets such psychophysical data as evidence for limits on our capacity to perform absolute discrimination. Miller contrasts the apparent orderly limitations of our absolute judgment with our relatively unpredictable capacities for relative discrimination or similarity judgment. Expressed in the vernacular, induction, or absolute discrimination learning, consists of learning to uniquely identify something from experience. So the capacity to comprehend and encode propositional information must be regarded as a means of learning: a very rapid and powerful means. Given that the real world is informationally richer than our finite processing capacities, it follows that if there is to be any learning from experience, this must involve some reduction of experience.