The Mind is a Collection is a born-digital museum of early-modern cognitive models. Each object in this museum was used, at one time or another, to make sense of a mental process. Think of this as an exhibit of eighteenth-century mental life as seen from a material point of view. You are entering a museum of episodes in material thought. READ MORE...
RECENT NEWS: The catalogue for The Mind Is a Collection has been awarded this year's Kenshur Prize for "an outstanding monograph of interest to eighteenth-century scholars." It had previously been shortlisted for the British Society of Literature and Science 2015 Book Prize.
Read Christina Lupton's review in the Los Angeles Review of Books: "The Searcher of Patterns and the Keeper of Things" (6 March, 2016), and Jess Keiser's review in Eighteenth-Century Studies 49.4 (2016). Amy Haslanger reviews the museum for BSECS (August, 2016).
How is the genre of the digression linked to politeness, gardening, and the history of microscopy? Why are digressions both tedious and delightful, both disreputable and crucial to learning?