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Distributed Processes, Distributed Cognizers and Collaborative Cognition

Distributed Processes, Distributed Cognizers and Collaborative Cognition
Distributed Processes, Distributed Cognizers and Collaborative Cognition
Cognition is thinking; it feels like something to think, and only those who can feel can think. There are also things that thinkers can do. We know neither how thinkers can think nor how they are able do what they can do. We are waiting for cognitive science to discover how. Cognitive science does this by testing hypotheses about what processes can generate what doing (“know-how”) This is called the Turing Test. It cannot test whether a process can generate feeling, hence thinking -- only whether it can generate doing. The processes that generate thinking and know-how are “distributed” within the heads of thinkers, but not across thinkers’ heads. Hence there is no such thing as distributed cognition, only collaborative cognition. Email and the Web have spawned a new form of collaborative cognition that draws upon individual brains’ real-time interactive potential in ways that were not possible in oral, written or print interactions.
Cognition, computation, artificial intelligence, Turing Test, neural networks, collaboration, robotics, consciousness, feeling, thinking, Descartes, mind-reading, open access, interoperability
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Harnad, Stevan
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Dror, Itiel
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Dascal, Marcelo
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Harnad, Stevan, Dror, Itiel and Dascal, Marcelo(eds.) (2005) Distributed Processes, Distributed Cognizers and Collaborative Cognition Pragmatics & Cognition, 13, (3), pp. 501-514.

Harnad, Stevan, Dror, Itiel and Dascal, Marcelo(eds.) (2005) Distributed Processes, Distributed Cognizers and Collaborative Cognition Pragmatics & Cognition, 13, (3), pp. 501-514.

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Cognition is thinking; it feels like something to think, and only those who can feel can think. There are also things that thinkers can do. We know neither how thinkers can think nor how they are able do what they can do. We are waiting for cognitive science to discover how. Cognitive science does this by testing hypotheses about what processes can generate what doing (“know-how”) This is called the Turing Test. It cannot test whether a process can generate feeling, hence thinking -- only whether it can generate doing. The processes that generate thinking and know-how are “distributed” within the heads of thinkers, but not across thinkers’ heads. Hence there is no such thing as distributed cognition, only collaborative cognition. Email and the Web have spawned a new form of collaborative cognition that draws upon individual brains’ real-time interactive potential in ways that were not possible in oral, written or print interactions.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: Cognition, computation, artificial intelligence, Turing Test, neural networks, collaboration, robotics, consciousness, feeling, thinking, Descartes, mind-reading, open access, interoperability
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 262073
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/262073
PURE UUID: 303086ac-0e59-48b5-a2b1-e1762bda171a

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Date deposited: 08 Mar 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:55

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Author: Stevan Harnad
Editor: Itiel Dror
Editor: Marcelo Dascal

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