Talk:Mental space

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Some thoughts on the topic[edit]

These are a few ideas that my colleages and I have been debating for the past month about how methods of communication and information exchange are changing the way we experience spatial relationships with others. We are fifth year undergraduates studying in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. We realize that we dont have many references for this information, but we have been reading essays by Marshall McLuhan (Understanding Media)to gain inspiration.

Mental Space- a non-visual architecture

The world is experiencing an IMplosion as a result of information EXplosion. This implosion exists not in physical space, but in what we define as mental space. Everyone inhabits a mental space by virtue of thought. But our mental space is translated into ‘reality’ as a result of unprecedented communication means which we call the Media.

In mental space, communication and participation are key. Both happen through a medium, such as script. It is the medium (primarily script) that massages and communicates the content, which manifests in one’s mental space. Today we are witnessing the growth of communities interacting purely in mental space. These interactions are divorced from the physical, but yet they exist because people are emotionally invested in these alternate realities. So what does our mental space look like? How do we operate in and inhabit such a space?

It is the medium through which communication is established that controls the interaction. For instance, when I type “ I am inside my home now” to my friend online in one of these virtual communities, the information relayed is:

- I am indoors. - I am going to rest after a day’s work, etc.

It is irrelevant as to what my home looks like or what color my carpet is. In mental space, the visual is removed from the architecture.

We are investigating the nature of architecture in mental space, as massaged through a medium.

This article contains two different topics[edit]

The first paragraph is a good short summary of Mental Space as used by Gilles Fauconnier; the rest has nothing to do with it.

Alternatively, a medical application of a philosophical construct may be seen as a useful bridge between two academically isolated worlds. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.251.199.141 (talk) 18:01, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

These two paragraphs address two different cocepts. The first is an overly brief summary of non visual architecture. The second is a discussion of a psychotherapeutic paradigm occasionally employed in addicted and disabled patient populations. While the medial application may be a useful bridge it is probably more useful to divide the "Mental Space" entry into two sections. The first stub, "Mental Space (Philosophy)" could remain in the WikiProject Philosophy,to be expanded in the future. The second paragraph could be listed under "Mental Space(Psychotherapy)" or some similar title. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Viadelcorso (talkcontribs) 19:32, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Mental Spaces and Possible Worlds[edit]

The article says:

"The main difference between a mental space and a possible world is that a mental space does not contain a faithful representation of reality, but an idealized cognitive model".

But possible worlds in philosophy are not supposed to be faithful representations of the actual world. 1Z 14:38, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Mental space (anatomy)[edit]

I need to create a page called mental space, to accompany articles like submental space, submandibular space, sublingual space, etc. Any thoughts on which is more notable? If "my" new article were to be deemed to be less notable and therefore have a qualification added to the title, then I am not sure what it would be best to say, mental space (anatomy) is not totally accurate, since this space is not present in normal anatomy. Lesion (talk) 19:44, 6 April 2013 (UTC)