I am posting a note from an article co-written by David Bakhurst and Carol Padden, which I have accessed from the WIKI on the history of XMCA. The article is "The Meshcheryakov Experiment: Soviet Work on the Education of Blind-Deaf Children. The article is fascinating [especially read in the context of the Wiki] and the current discussion on Nicaraguan sign language. However, the quote I'm presenting is drawing attention to the role of *imagination* The note concludes with the observation that the blind-deaf individual's conception of the world is NOT qualitatively distinct from that of sighted and hearing persons in virtue of its RELIANCE ON THE IMAGINATION. The article elaborates this position 1 See Suvorov (1983 (trans. 1983-I), 1988) and Sirotkin (1979). (Note that the translation of Suvorov 1983, which is devoted to the concept of imagination, is eccentric. Throughout, the Russian “voobruzzhenie” is translated not as “imagination” but as “representation”. Although this helps convey the richness of the Russian word not shared by its usual English equivalent, it obscures an important polemical point. One of Surovov’s aims is to argue that the formation of any image or representation of reality involves the creative exercise of imagination, and hence that the blind-deaf individual’s conception of the world is not *qualitatively* distinct from that of the sighted and hearing person in virtue of its reliance on the imagination.
DECEMBER 5 2014 Bakhurst_and_Padden_-_The_Meshcheryakov_Experiment with the deaf and blind.pdf
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