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Patterns in the Mind The argument for the construction of experience This is easier to explain if thought of as nothing comes from nowhere I found this scribbled in my notes next to construction of experience Being a child of ex-hippies this is not a difficult concept for me to grasp I have always participated in and heard discussions about everything happens for a reason everything has a deeper meaning what does this mean to you etc So applying this to how language works is easy First we construct from the information we receive Language is not just hearing or listening It is something different for each person Each person perceives spoken language differently due to various factors facial expression intonation body language etc Two people could construct totally different meanings from the same comment Looking at written language the same applies When reading a person can construct meaning from punctuation word choice bolditalicized words reading in between the lines etc We take these bits of information and make mean something to us Besides these factors we have to organize the perceived information into our patterns of mental grammar We actively put the information into our mental grammar Without mental grammar the perceived information would have no meaning or not make any sense for example when hearing an unknown foreign language spoken Music is a good example of the construction of experience I have never been a fan of heavy hardcore metal I like to call it angry music It reminds me of someone who is angry at life To me it is noise However to a metal-head it probably gets them pumped up or it might be motivating before a game or race Song lyrics can hold certain meanings or memories for different people We put perceived information together with our experiences to make meaning We actively put together or make up meanings as things happen or are perceived
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