The Challenges of Qualitatively Coding Ancient Texts
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2012
Copyright © 2012 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 183–186, March 2012
How to Cite
Slingerland, E. and Chudek, M. (2012), The Challenges of Qualitatively Coding Ancient Texts. Cognitive Science, 36: 183–186. doi: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01232.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2012
- Received 22 November 2011; received in revised form 5 December 2011; accepted 5 December 2011
- Mind–body dualism;
- Qualitative coding;
- Textual coding;
- Language evolution;
- Vertical integration;
- Warring States thought
We respond to several important and valid concerns about our study (“The Prevalence of Folk Dualism in Early China,”Cognitive Science 35: 997–1007) by Klein and Klein, defending our interpretation of our data. We also argue that, despite the undeniable challenges involved in qualitatively coding texts from ancient cultures, the standard tools used throughout the cognitive sciences—large quantities of data, coders as blind to the hypothesis as possible, intercoder reliability measures, and statistical analysis—allow the noise of randomly distributed interpretative differences to be distinguished from the signal of genuine historical patterns.