Age of Awareness
Published in

Age of Awareness

Parsing Life — Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

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 —…




Stories providing creative, innovative, and sustainable changes to the ways we learn | Tune in at | Connecting 500k+ monthly readers with 1,200+ authors

Recommended from Medium

Daily Rituals: In Defense Of Neuroticism

Creativity. What if we're doing it wrong?

How the Unknown Makes Us More Creative

Explosive innovation in times of crisis: clever companies are channelling creativity

The 30-Day Share Your Creativity Challenge

Three Exercises to Unlock Your Creativity

2021 Review Part 2: KDP: A bit extra for Christmas?, Or a new side hustle to earn £1,000’s

054 - Marketing: A Dirty Word For Creatives

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Jim Mason

Jim Mason

I study language, cognition, and humans as social animals. You can support me by joining Medium at

More from Medium

Self-Awareness is Easy to Explain

Heart Asleep

Boy sleeping in leaves with hand behind his head in shape of heart

What is a fork? The attractiveness of inequalities

The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Science Writer Fellowship