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Situated Cognition: On Human Knowledge and Computer Representations (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives) Paperback – August 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0521448710 ISBN-10: 0521448719

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  • Series: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives
  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521448719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521448710
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Situated Cognition focuses on recent changes in the design of intelligent machines. This book differs from other purely philosophical treatises in that Clancey--an insider who has built expert systems for twenty years-- explores the limitations of existing computer programs and compares them to human memory and learning capabilities. Clancey examines the implications of 'situated action' from the perspective of artificial intelligence specialists interested in building robots.

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William J. Clancey arrived on this planet in New Jersey, graduating as valedictorian from East Brunswick High School with honors in biology. Majoring in Mathematical Sciences at Rice University (BA, summa cum laude, 1974), he selected courses in thirteen departments, relating studies of cognition in philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, religion, and sociology. At Stanford University he received a PhD in Computer Science (1979) in the area of Artificial Intelligence, "Knowledge-Based Tutoring: The GUIDON Program."

Clancey has extensive experience in medical, educational, financial, and workplace computing. He co-founded Teknowledge and Modernsoft, and was founding member of the Institute for Research on Learning, founding Editor-in-Chief of AAAI/MIT Press, and a Senior Editor of Cognitive Science. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Association for the Advancement of AI, and the American College of Medical Informatics.

On an appointment to NASA from the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (Pensacola), his team received the NASA Honor Award and the Johnson Space Center Exceptional Software Award for an "agent" system that automates all routine file transfers between the International Space Station and Mission Control in Houston. Clancey is an Eagle Boy Scout and has participated on many expeditions with NASA scientists planning missions to Mars. He enjoys speaking about space science in schools, museums, and to adult audiences; he has been an invited speaker in more than twenty countries.

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This book is one of a kind because it attempts to understand the subject of cognition at 'consciousness level' by associating it to various scientific areas, from neural to social to psychology, and then putting these ideas together in rational web. One of the most important lesson (and I believe the message of the author) was to be careful with our choices of words, for example 'likening' an intelligent system as being "intelligent"...

The best education I received from this book was feeling "reborn, and reborn". Each time I read this book, I find many more knowledge inside it, and I've read it for about 5 times, that is has become like a "holy book for science" that I carry everywhere with me.

This book is best read with an open mind coupled with imagination and emotion, it is best viewed from the view of the author, himself.

This book is a modest book, that is frank, and it is a no-nonsense book. I recommend that this book becomes a basis for young researchers to read and learn, especially on the notes for the next generation on how to conduct true scientific research.

When I first read the book, it took quite a while to adapt, because it changes your perspectives and whole outlook and it comes heavy with history and how scientific research evolved from the 1950's.

As a final note, i say what I learn best from this book is not only the knowledge I gain but most importantly it helped me shaped me up as a person, and gives deep motivation, if one carefully reads it.

it's an all in one book, for the growth of science, spiritual, personality and strength.believing faithfully in something you believe despite...all the obstacles
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