The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2121 Thursday, 2 December 1999.
Date: Thursday, 2 Dec 1999 11:59:39 +1000
Subject: 10.2101 Re: Age of Awareness
Comment: Re: SHK 10.2101 Re: Age of Awareness
Anthony Burton writes:
>between "intellectual" and "emotional" responses to text, music, poetry,
>and the like. I fear this distinction presents a false, or at least
>seriously ambiguous, dichotomy.
Yes, the two responses are inevitably linked; both part of the one
function. We continuously make selections of sensual experiences on a
like - dislike basis.
Why we have so much difficulty in understanding the nature of these
responses must be found in the complexity of the process. The
experiences coming through our senses are so numerous so complex and so
interdependent that they cannot be modeled. When a system cannot be
modeled, it cannot be understood.
This leads me again to the age of awareness. I cannot but believe that
the early experiences of the child, condition his subsequent thoughts
and feelings. In this sense those early experiences are paramount in
determining his preferences. One might extend this hypothesis to say
that a wide variety of diverse experiences could lead the child to like
that kind of process, thus increasing his creativity. For no matter how
much ideas may seem a creation of the mind, there is little evidence
that our ideas can be independent of our previous experiences. Therefore
I cannot see any harm in exposing young children to fine productions of
Shakespeare or any other fine art, provided only that they are receptive