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Cognition in the Wild (Bradford Books) Paperback – September 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0262581462 ISBN-10: 0262581469 Edition: New edition
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Edwin Hutchins, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, is Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego.
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  • Series: Bradford Books
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book; New edition edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262581469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262581462
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Christoph Pingel on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I decided to read that book because of its frequent appearance in other highly interesting scriptures on 'situated cognition', most notably in Andy Clark's "Being There".
It's a book about the cognitive task of ship navigation, but at the same time it's a book about distributed cognition in general, including organisational learning, the question of representation, and other highly relevant topics.
The field of cognitive science is still a place of almost religious debate about turing machines, problem solvers, representation, intelligence and other theoretical concepts that have in common that they can be discussed, but usually not observed directly. One could easily gain the impression that there was some kind of uncertainty principle special to cognitive science that prevented us from watching "the mind".
It's the biggest strength and achievement of Hutchins' book that he came up with the elegant solution to watch "the mind" by observing humans deal with problems using the cognitive tools (systems of representation and 'real' tools as well) that have developed over the centuries. It's almost ironic to see how well this works. By providing further evidence that cognition is generally a distributed task that is done by interacting with cognitive tools, Hutchins proves to be a philosopher in the Wittgensteinian sense who "shows the fly the way from the fly bottle (of mentalism)."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 29, 2013
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This is the founding text for the theory of distributed cognition, written by "cognitive anthropologist" Edwin Hutchins, who develops his theory of how thinking is offloaded onto the environment and shared among groups of people through an in-depth account of work and life aboard a modern ship. A "must-read" for anyone interested in distributed cognition and its application to workplaces and taskscapes, from the kitchen and the garden to the theater and the university.
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