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Individual Epistemology—Interpretive Wisdom
Individual epistemology—interpretive wisdom

If the larger purpose of art is to prompt viewers to see differently, let me begin by asking you to look at the accompanying photo. Let me ask, further, that you not merely look at it but also try to make sense of it. Add another dimension to the cognitive task and try to develop not just one interpretation but rather several interpretations of the ambiguous image before you. Then decide which of your several interpretations is the most plausible to you. Last, rouse your scholarly curiosity and, while you are trying to make sense of the image, reflect on the processes you are engaging to accomplish this little sensemaking challenge. Try it before reading further. What do you see?

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