Callan Slipper


To explore Chiara’s cognitive proposal, this article takes a phenomenological and interdisciplinary approach in an attempt to give insight into the experience of cognition and offer a basis for understanding it within the context of human development. The article outlines three modes of cognition that can be seen in human being using a schematic understanding of childhood development as a basis. These modes of cognition are then looked at from an evolutionary perspective seeing how human cognition, from the arrival of representational thought, has developed under the influence of culture more than of biology. This provides instruments for understanding the kind of cognition present in the text of “Look at All the Flowers,” showing its historical continuity with other forms of cognition and indicating the significant new elements that it contains.