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EnactionToward a New Paradigm for Cognitive Science$
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John Stewart, Olivier Gapenne, and Ezequiel A. Di Paolo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014601

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014601.001.0001

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Enaction, Imagination, and Insight

Enaction, Imagination, and Insight

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Edwin Hutchins

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This chapter discusses distributed cognition as a framework for exploring the cognitive implications of the commonsense observation that different properties may emerge at different levels of organization in systems characterized by multiple levels of interacting elements. Distributed cognition as applied to sociocultural systems suggested an answer to the question of how low-level processes create high-level cognition. The idea here is that high-level cognition is produced by the culturally orchestrated application of low-level cognitive processes to cultural materials, i.e. elements of language, sign systems, and inscriptions of all sorts. A central claim of distributed cognition is presented and discussed, which posits that the proper unit of analysis for cognition should not be set a priori, but should be responsive to the nature of the phenomena under study here.

Keywords:   distributed cognition, cognitive implications, socio-cultural systems, low-level processes, high-level cognition, cultural materials

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