"The Extended Mind" - Hutchins again

Just came across this book yesterday.

Article about it here in the WP.

This is from the WP article:

In this volume, she teaches us about socially distributed cognition. She engagingly weaves together diverse narratives to explain this form of intelligence, which isn’t found in just one person but emerges as multiple minds collaborate. Paul recounts a story told by Edwin Hutchins, a naval psychologist, who was on board the aircraft carrier Palau when its engines failed.

Here’s one of the Hutchins threads on here.

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That’s some dense jargon. Evidently it’s from cognitive science, computer science and programing have similar phrases.

Hutchins uses the example of a Navy nav team which I am familiar with (CG) so I was able to puzzle out the meaning from that.

The phrase “the map is not the terrain” and the term “mental model” both are example of representations of reality.

"Propagation across external media just refers to the processes we use to transfer information from the real world, for example radar ranges and bearing onto another media, for example to a chart.

ECDIS has changed navigation of course but there are other examples of bridge crews processing information . For example the methods used to handle weather information on the El Faro

This is from the Scientific American article: “Boris Suchan is a professor of clinical neuropsychology at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. There he explores, among other things, the function and organization of memory.”

“Skills such as playing an instrument or riding a bicycle are, however, anchored in a separate system, called procedural memory.

I posted about the backwards bicycle here.

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I’d forgotten I posted about "The Extended Mind" already. Hutchins gets mentioned as does the book “The Enigma of Reason” which was mentioned here.

Yes, you’re right about the original post regarding backward bike steering. I was trying out a VR WWII aircraft simulator game yesterday. I stalled the aircraft and as I crashed nose first into the ground, my upper body fell forward as if I had actually physically crashed. Weird but true.

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