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Introduction - Cognitive Science 102A Distributed Cognition...

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1 Cognitive Science 102A Distributed Cognition Professor Edwin Hutchins https://thiscourse.com/ucsd/cogs102a/fa11/ What Everybody Knows about Cognition And what cognitive science students should learn You need a human brain to do human cognition Cogs 11, 17, 107A-C, 171, 172, 174, 175, 179 Cognition includes sensation, perception, attention, categorization, memory, thinking, planning, deciding, speaking, and more. .. Cogs 101A-C Brains are massively parallel computational systems Cogs 108E, 108F, 118A Humans derive great cognitive power from the use of language Cogs 151, 153, 156
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2 Humans derive great cognitive power from the use of language Cogs 151, 153, 156, 102A Mind and body interact in interesting and surprising ways Cogs 151, 152, 155 Mind and body interact in interesting and surprising ways Cogs 151, 152, 155, 102A A group of people can do things that no person can do alone Cogs ? A group of people can do cognitive things that no person can do alone Cogs 102A A person in interaction with an environment for thinking can do cognitive things that a person in isolation could not do Cogs 102A
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3 Humans are highly social and our cognitive accomplishments depend on the fact that we have not only language, but culture too Cogs 102A People learn from experience. Cogs 101B, 110, 113, 115, 156 Humans learn from their experience of cultural practices Cogs 101B, 110, 113, 115, 156, 102A Organizations and institutions learn from experience Cogs 102A Science is a massively distributed cognitive system Cogs 102A Cognitive science as a slice of scientific cake SUB-ATOMIC PHYSICS PHYSICS CHEMISTRY BIOLOGY PSYCHOLOGY LINGUISTICS ANTHROPOLOGY NEUROSCIENCE Mathematics COGNITIVE SCIENCE Neurobiology Neuropsychology Psycholinguistics LinguisticAnthropology Cultural Psychology
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4 What the course is about What does cognition look like when we focus on patterns of interaction and emergence in systems that are composed of many elements? We will keep asking this question: What information goes where, when, in what form? What is mind? What is special about minds (even your cat’s mind) as opposed to inanimate objects? And what is special about human minds compared to other animal minds? “Mindfulness is just matter…
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