The Shared Cognitive Intent of Science and Theatre

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Abstract:

Science and theatre are generally thought to share no common cognitive ground for the simple reason that the former appeals to the intellect, whereas the latter appeals to the emotions. Contrary to this view, I claim that like scientific texts, theatrical texts evince a cognitive intent and that, despite obvious differences, both types show similarities on three cognitive levels: (a) the use of equivalent systems of representation and communication; (b) the operation of a mode of thinking; and (c) the embodiment of a rhetorical structure.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10848770.2012.699303

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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