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Cognition in the Wild (Bradford Books)

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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 so ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 26th 1996 by Bradford Books (first published 1995)
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Why is this book so good? The prose is solid, but rather workmanlike at times. Yet it is utterly a classic. At its core, Hutchins argues that we think in an environment -- that how we are not a computer that sits on its own, and interfaces with an environment. Instead, we are fundamentally a part of that environment. Moreover, a well-constructed environment can let us, as part of a team, think things we cannot individually thing. He develops this notion in terms of the way a navigating team, wit ...more
I read this book for Professor Hutchins' class on distributed cognition, and I loved it. The reading takes seemingly ordinary events on a Naval Carrier and breaks them down to illustrate the ways in which cognition is not only in the brain but also situated in the world. Sometimes a bit one-sided, but an important book that will change the way you view the world.
Pretty amazing phenomenological ethnography. Detailed, complicated, yet grounded in [bracketed] reality.
Distributed cognition is something that many still can't wrap their heads around, and Hutchins work is what brought this way of thinking out of the shadows and gave it a name.
"Interesting, though a bit dry at times. While I agree with him that cognition certainly has external, social and cultural elements, I'm not really convinced that he has successfully argued against the conventional, internal, symbol-oriented view of cognition."
Fascinating analysis of navigation methods, and the neurocogntive structures they suggest. Compares Western, tool-dependent navigation to purely mentation based methods of tribal pacific islanders.
A nice ethnographic study of group cognition in the real world in real time.
Great book, really makes you think about how we think.
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