The worry is that at some point the reflex no longer works. It is limited by boredom.
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Consciously or not. A successful aesthetic relationship strikes a good balance between factors which facilitate and others which inhibit understanding. Cognitive psychology, which studies mental processes, draws a distinction between two forms of processing. One is convergent, attempting to classify data as quickly as possible; the other is divergent, trying instead to delay classification. But I might equally well look at the thing for hours, from all possible angles, standing on my head or just gazing at its colour.
In which case I must accept divergence. Artists, Schaeffer suggests, are divergent. Curiosity is the shifting earth on which a shortage of information becomes positive.
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Take a nativity scene, for instance. But a divergent view will look further, exploring the texture, background and any stories to be found there.
Why does she stop there for 15 minutes? Or for six hours?
In the latter case, she may be a specialist who needs to look at a specific painting, or perhaps a visitor who is lost. This article appeared in Guardian Weekly, which incorporates material from Le Monde.
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