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.
I first encountered this document about 15 years ago.
It’s very similar to a chapter in the book
“Cognition in the Wild”
Instead of using the “digital-to-analog” metaphor which was discussed in this thread there’s a section called "Propagation of Representational State Across External Media".
It’s based on the exact same example, the piloting of a Navy ship by a navigation team but using more technical terms instead of the metaphor.
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