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On Categorical Cognition

The scholar tends to place things in their separate categories of analysis and attempts to make statements about causality based on those distinctions.

Yet there is something about experiencing an event or events that is lost in the subsequent translation of those events.  More often than not, experience–the ways in which events both process and get processed by experience–goes beyond the rational categories of analysis that are set out for their interpretation by historians, for example.  As experiencers themselves, scholars recognize this.

There is a subjective component to knowing, to expertise, to efficiency of mind.  And the problem for the responsible scholar lies in making sense of the subjective without objectifying that experience as irrational.

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