Monday, 17 November 2008
Ways of Thinking
In "Come on Shore and we will Kill and Eat You All", Christina Thompson mentions the Maori author Patricia Grace describing a way of story-telling/thinking "...where the beginning is not the beginning, the end is not the end. It starts from the centre and moves away from there in such widening circles that you don't know how you will finally arrive a point of understanding which becomes itself another core, a new centre."
An Italian told me Italians think in zigzags, an Iranian friend said Iranians start from the outside and work to the centre, but never get there, while a Chinese woman once drew the diagram above to represent Chinese ways of thinking. We English theoretically think in straight lines, though we sometimes get the As and Bs confused - our linear approach is more of a conceit than anything.
Continuing on an anthropological note, how do the Piraha people think? And how do these thoughts apply to photography?