Monday, March 26, 2012

Other than the sum of its parts

Here's an interesting demonstration of Gestalt psychology, from Anatole Broyard's Kafka was the rage: A Greenwich Village memoir (NY: Vintage, 1993, page 17). This is from Broyard's description of taking courses at The New School on the GI Bill in 1946, after serving in the Pacific.

The Gestalt view is actually that the whole is other than the sum of its parts, but the fun part is this: Max Wertheimer died in 1943.

[1/4: A friend who took a New School course with Broyard c. 1960 retorts: "Max Wertheimer died in l943" is irrelevant. Anatole Broyard was a brilliant, beautiful self-invention. Yes, he dealt with facts but, to a certain degree, they were beneath him.]

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