Social Cognition, Artefacts, and Stigmergy Revisited: Concepts of Coordination

Here’s an extract from the fifth article by Tarja Susi from this special Human-Human Stigmergy issue Some years ago Susi and Ziemke (2001) made a comparative analysis of social/situated theories of cognition (activity theory, situated action, and distributed cognition) and stigmergy, discussing the coordination paradox, visible in both social insects and human activities. The key elements compared were agents,…

Mind+Cognition

Broadly speaking my work falls within the situated cognition or non-Cartesian wing of cognitive science. Or as I’ve put it elsewhere as the DEEEDS literature (a loose and internally fluid philosophical and empirical coalition comprising the Dynamical-, Embodied-, Extended-, Enactive-, Distributed-, and Situated- approaches to knowledge and cognition.) This said, there is no methodological profit whatsoever to…

Constructing Religion without The Social: Durkheim, Latour, and Extended Cognition

Here is the intro to Matthew’s article: Where does thinking happen? The obvious and most common answer is “somewhere inside the head.” After all, this is where the brain is safely housed behind seven millimeters of protective armor. However, despite the instinctive appeal of this response, some theoretical camps have been willing to flirt with…

Perspectives on Social Cognition

Here is the fully published special issue of Cognitive Systems Research Volume 9, Issues 1-2, March 2008   2. Introduction to the special issue “Perspectives on Social Cognition” Cognitive Systems Research, Volume 9, Issues 1-2, March 2008, Pages 1-4 Leslie Marsh and Christian Onof     3. Functionalism and mental boundaries Cognitive Systems Research, Volume 9, Issues…

Perspectives on Social Cognition: Contents

Special Issue of Cognitive Systems Research – Perspectives on Social Cognition Some papers are now available as pre-press versions. 1. Introduction to Perspectives on Social Cognition – Leslie Marsh & Christian Onof 2. Functionalism and mental boundaries – Lawrence Shapiro 3. Consciousness and the social mind – Philip Robbins 4. Social relationships and groups: New…

Cultural “Appropriation”

A misnomer if ever there was one. It’s the time of year (Halloween) when the ritualized faux outrage, the pearl-clutching virtue-signaling, often emanating from naively rationalistic and vain “Chardonnay socialists”, reaches fever-pitch. Conceptually lazy and illiterate concerning complexity and the evolutionary dynamic of spontaneous order (i.e. culture, for better or worse), they are doomed (pardon the…