Conclusion: Representational Thinking and Identifiable Places


Representational thinking is most effective with identifiable places.

Representational thinking permits people to enjoy and appreciate places indirectly without direct experience.

When Yellowstone became a national park, few people had the opportunity or ability to visit it directly. Their willingness to support its preservation, therefore, was based on indirect experience through representations.

Without this mode of thinking there would have been no national parks in the nineteenth century.

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872, National Museum of American Art