About this Research Topic
“The Shape of Lives to Come” examines how social institutions partially causally determine, form, and normatively guide (i.e., shape) our essentially embodied human minds-&-lives either negatively or positively (the mind-shaping thesis). It aims to investigate the social psychology of human thinking. What we call thought-shapers are mental representations, especially including analogies, images, schemata, stereotypes, symbols, and templates, that specifically shape human thinking processes. The theory of thought-shapers (TTS) asserts that human thinking processes are either, (a) shaped negatively by mechanical, constrictive thought-shapers, or (b) shaped positively by organic, generative thought-shapers. Because language is a social institution and because all thinking is mediated by language, then TTS (i) falls under the mind-shaping thesis, (ii) is empirically testable via scientific psychology, and (iii) can be implemented for positively shaping human minds-&-lives. The specific problem addressed by this Research Topic is: Is TTS cogent and true, or not?
In view of the broad scope and profound human relevance of this Research Topic, we’re interested in any submissions that have a direct bearing on or direct relevance to The Theory of Thought-Shapers (TTS), and the specific problem of TTS’s cogency and truth, under any of the following article types: brief research report; data report, general commentary; hypothesis and theory; methods; mini review; opinion, original research; perspective; registered report, review; systematic review; technology and code; conceptual analysis.
Keywords: cognition, human thinking, cultural psychology, mind-shaping in social institutions, language
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