The Clash of Perceptions

Howard, Dr. Newton and Guidère, Dr. Mathieu (2006) The Clash of Perceptions. (Unpublished)


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This study challenges Samuel Huntington’s well-known clash of civilizations paradigm based on a philosophical reasoning of cognitive proofs. The authors propose the clash of perceptions, an alternative paradigm that better reflects the complexity of individual and collective interactions. Building on case studies and recent cognitive science and informatics research, this paradigm offers greater insight into the dynamics of international relations. In the first section, the authors explain the conceptual and methodological limits of Huntington’s paradigm before proposing in the second section a new approach geared toward individual and group phenomena aiming to model the clash of perceptions. New concepts such as percepts, misperception, misconception and perception prototypes are introduced in order to explain this complex process. These concepts help better understand the complexity of conflict among individuals, groups and nation states.

Item Type:Other
Keywords:Perception, international affairs, linguistics
Subjects:Psychology > Applied Cognitive Psychology
Linguistics > Semantics
Psychology > Perceptual Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Behavioral Analysis
ID Code:4838
Deposited By: Qusaibaty, Ammar
Deposited On:16 Apr 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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