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Mathematical models of cognitive space and time
 In Mitsu Okada and Daniel Andler, editors, Reasoning and Cognition. To appear
, 2006
"... Abstract. This paper explores reasoning about space and time, e.g., in metaphors of time as space; an important method is to find minimal assumptions needed to reach the same conclusions that humans reach. Some mathematical language, including the notion of triad, is introduced for this purpose, for ..."
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Abstract. This paper explores reasoning about space and time, e.g., in metaphors of time as space; an important method is to find minimal assumptions needed to reach the same conclusions that humans reach. Some mathematical language, including the notion of triad, is introduced for this purpose, formalizing and generalizing the cognitive semantics approaches to conceptual spaces (in the senses of both Fauconnier & Turner and of Gärdenfors), blending, and metaphor; in particular, continuous mathematics is used to model space and time. A new explanation of emergent structure in blend spaces is also discussed, and proposed as a source of creativity. Four main examples illustrate the approach, and an appendix encapsulates the most difficult mathematics. 1