Parsing Life — Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

Jim Mason
Jim Mason
Mar 16, 2021 · 2 min read
Photo by Ryoji Iwata on Unsplash

Experiences come in pieces; language is a special case. To make things meaningful, we have to aggregate the pieces and connect them to other experiences — their context — to create an overall structure, if we can. We can perform that process in two different ways, or in a combination of both.

Basically, we can proceed either top-down — guessing at the meaning and assembling the details to make it —…