A framework for Thinking about Distributed Cognition

Poirier, Pierre et Chicoisne, Guillaume (2006). « A framework for Thinking about Distributed Cognition ». Pragmatics and Cognition, 14(2), pp. 215-234.

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As is often the case when scientific or engineering fields emerge, new concepts are forged or old ones are adapted. When this happens, various arguments rage over what ultimately turns out to be conceptual misunderstandings. At that critical time, there is a need for an explicit reflection on the meaning of the concepts that define the field. In this position paper, we aim to provide a reasoned framework in which to think about various issues in the field of distributed cognition. We argue that both relevant concepts, distribution and cognition, must be understood as continuous. As it is used in the context of distributed cognition, the concept of distribution is essentially fuzzy, and we will link it to the notion of emergence of system-level properties. The concept of cognition must also be seen as fuzzy, but for different a reason: due its origin as an anthropocentric concept, no one has a clear handle on its meaning in a distributed setting. As the proposed framework forms a space, we then explore its geography and (re)visit famous landmarks.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: cognition distribuée, émergence, modélisation
Unité d'appartenance: Instituts > Institut des sciences cognitives (ISC)
Déposé par: Pierre Poirier
Date de dépôt: 02 mars 2009
Dernière modification: 01 nov. 2014 02:08
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/1839


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