LOST and FOUND

The Mind is a Collection: we are all, each and every one of us, curators of a museum of ideas.  We own ideas in the same way that we own objects; we "have" ideas in the same way that a crate holds books.  Our powers in our private intellectual kingdom are much the same as those in the material world; we may combine, divide, or compare, but never create or destroy one particle of an idea-- or so says John Locke.  

But this paves the way for a paradox, a strange, vertiginous dispossession.  The ideas that are most truly our own have been borrowed from somewhere else; our most powerful insights are pieced together out of bits and pieces belonging to others.  We quilt our way towards novelty.

Those interested in the intellectual lumber behind The Mind is a Collection are welcome to browse through the Lost and Found.  Here you will find the intellectual lumber behind The Mind is a Collection.  (You are also welcome to consult the notes in the exhibit catalogue available at the Gift Shop.)  It is as likely as not that some of your ideas will have been collected here.  We are all creatures cobbled together out of other people's things, and so is The Mind is a Collection.  Had I all of this to do over, I might change the title: the Mind is an Office of Lost Property.

 

Document Title: "Bibliography: The Mind is a Collection"

Object type: Electronic .pdf Document

Location: Click HERE to download.

Object Date: May 2015

Notes: Contains a list of works cited in The Mind is a Collection (Penn, 2015).

Author: Curator, The Mind is a Collection

 

 

Document Title: "Bibliography: Cognitive Studies and Literature"

Object type: Electronic .pdf Document

Location: Click HERE to download.

Object Date: August 2014

Notes: a list of books and articles assembled for a graduate course entitled "Between Cognition and Literature." 

Author: Curator, The Mind is a Collection

 

 

Document Title: "Acknowledgments"

Object type: Electronic .pdf Document

Location: Click HERE to download.

Object Date: November 2015

Notes: a partial list of persons and institutions whose ideas add up to The Mind is a Collection. 

Author: Curator, The Mind is a Collection