Gen Psych Lect 16

# Gen Psych Lect 16 - An asymmetry in the present is...

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Psych of Art: 2/1/10 Figure 1.2 on pg. 7- consider the paper on the left: if you have never seen this piece before, you would still conclude it has been twisted. This is because the asymmetry of the page yields information about the past (that is asymmetry allows you to recover the process-history.) Consider the right side of the figure- would anybody be able to conclude that the paper was once twisted? NO !!! The reason is that the straightness of the paper (symmetry) has wiped out the ability to recover the preceding history. Therefore, symmetry is the absence of information about the past. In fact, on a standard; one assumes from symmetry that it had always been that way. When you buy a pack of paper, you do not assume it was once wrinkled and now is completely straightened out. You just assume it was always straight (symmetry). These two laws are the very basis for Leyton’s foundations of geometry. LAW 1: ASYMMETRY PRINCIPLE
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Unformatted text preview: An asymmetry in the present is understood as originating from a past symmetry. LAW 2: SYMMETRY PRINCIPLE Symmetry in the present is understood as having always existed. PROCEDURE FOR RECOVERING THE PAST FROM A MEMORY STORE 1. PARTITION THE SITUATION INTO ITS ASYMMETRIES AND SYMMETRIES. 2. APPLY THE ASYMMETRY PRINCIPLE TO THE ASYMMETRIES. 3. APPLY THE SYMMETRY PRINCIPLE TO THE SYMMETRIES. Example: Psychology experiments done by Leyton showed the following results: using figure 1.3 on p. 8 when subjects are presented with a rotated parallelogram (a) they (in their heads) refer it to a non rotated parallelogram (b) then to a rectangle (c) then a square (d). the subjects are recovering the process-history of the rotated parallelogram using this procedure. That is that prior to being a rotated (p-gram), it was not rotated, prior to that it was a rectangle and prior to that a square. They are running time backwards!...
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