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Cognition in the wild, Edwin Hutchins

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Cognition in the wild
Title
Cognition in the wild
Statement of responsibility
Edwin Hutchins
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Edwin Hutchins combines his background as an anthropologist and an open-ocean racing sailor and navigator in this account of how anthropological methods can be combined with cognitive theory to produce a new reading of cognitive science. His theoretical insights are grounded in an extended analysis of ship navigation - its computational basis, its historical roots, its social organization, and the details of its implementation in actual practice aboard large ships. The result is an unusual interdisciplinary approach to cognition in culturally constituted activities outside the laboratory - "in the wild."
  • Hutchins examines a set of phenomena that have fallen between the established disciplines of psychology and anthropology, bringing to light a new set of relationships between culture and cognition. The standard view is that culture affects the cognition of individuals. Hutchins argues instead that cultural activity systems have cognitive properties of their own that differ from the cognitive properties of the individuals who participate in them. Each action for bringing a large naval vessel into port, for example, is informed by culture; thus the navigation team can be seen as a cognitive and computational system
  • Introducing life in the Navy and work on the bridge, Hutchins makes a clear distinction between the cognitive properties of an individual and the cognitive properties of a system. In striking contrast to the usual laboratory tasks of research in cognitive science, he adopts David Marr's paradigm and applies the principal metaphor of cognitive science - cognition as computation - to the navigation task. After comparing modern Western navigation with the method practiced in Micronesia, Hutchins explores the computational and cognitive properties of systems that involve multiple individuals. He then turns to an analysis of learning or change in the organization of cognitive systems at several scales. Hutchins's conclusion illustrates the costs of ignoring the cultural nature of cognition and points to ways in which contemporary cognitive science can be transformed by new meanings and interpretations
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DLC
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Hutchins, Edwin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Distributed cognition
  • Navigation
  • Psychology, Naval
  • Cognition
  • Cognition and culture
  • Cognition
  • Culture
  • Psychology, Military
Label
Cognition in the wild, Edwin Hutchins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [375]-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Welcome Aboard -- 2. Navigation as Computation -- 3. The Implementation of Contemporary Pilotage -- 4. The Organization of Team Performances -- 5. Communication -- 6. Navigation as a Context for Learning -- 7. Learning in Context -- 8. Organizational Learning -- 9. Cultural Cognition
Control code
30623468
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 381 pages
Isbn
9780262082310
Lccn
94021562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1638387
Label
Cognition in the wild, Edwin Hutchins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [375]-378) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Welcome Aboard -- 2. Navigation as Computation -- 3. The Implementation of Contemporary Pilotage -- 4. The Organization of Team Performances -- 5. Communication -- 6. Navigation as a Context for Learning -- 7. Learning in Context -- 8. Organizational Learning -- 9. Cultural Cognition
Control code
30623468
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xviii, 381 pages
Isbn
9780262082310
Lccn
94021562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1638387

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