How has William James' way of communicating scientific results made them survive for more than a hundred years? It is the thrust of this presentation to succeed in making out what has endowed the presentation of James’ results with its lasting powers. Therefore some notions of what makes a scientific text work well will be derived from the analysis of the ways of William James.

It is the hypothesis of the paper that a rearrangement and supplementing of the findings of a scientific text, according to the Jamesian principles of cohesion, will significantly enhance the communicative quality of the text in question.
The next and pragmatic step will be to employ these principles for rearranging the recent findings of a specific Danish scientific paper. And then using the focus group technique for investigating how the rearranged version communicates compared with the original.

This will be sought empirically validated, hopefully leading to the conclusion that it is certainly possible to use some of the communicative principles derived from William James in a true pragmatic spirit.

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Some principles of science communication to be derived from William James' principles of psychology

Jesper Hermann   Inst. of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen

How has William James' way of communicating scientific results made them survive for more than a hundred years? It is the thrust of this presentation to succeed in making out what has endowed the presentation of James’ results with its lasting powers. Therefore some notions of what makes a scientific text work well will be derived from the analysis of the ways of William James.

It is the hypothesis of the paper that a rearrangement and supplementing of the findings of a scientific text, according to the Jamesian principles of cohesion, will significantly enhance the communicative quality of the text in question.
The next and pragmatic step will be to employ these principles for rearranging the recent findings of a specific Danish scientific paper. And then using the focus group technique for investigating how the rearranged version communicates compared with the original.

This will be sought empirically validated, hopefully leading to the conclusion that it is certainly possible to use some of the communicative principles derived from William James in a true pragmatic spirit.

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