At A Glance And Out of Nowhere: Actor's Knowledge and the Ongoing Creation of Meaning in the Real World

Putman, A.O. / Published 2009 / Presentation

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Presenter Anthony Putman, Ph.D.
Date October 10, 2009
Abstract: This presentation explores in depth the ways in which persons spontaneously create meaning in the real world. Building on last year's Presidential Address "Ordinary Magic: What Descriptive Psychology Is and Why It Matters", it offers a detailed re-conceptualization of some material in Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink", including his observations on “rapid cognition” that takes place in the “blink of an eye." Actor concepts from Descriptive Psychology take the surprise out of the validity of Gladwell’s observations and account for them systematically as a fundamental property of real persons acting in the real world in real time.
Reference Putman A.O. (2013). At a glance and out of nowhere: How ordinary people create the real world. In K.E. Davis, R.M. Bergner, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.10 (pp. 19-36). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.