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[Xmca-l] Re: How *basic* are images?



Interloper, Michael?

The discussions at UCSD preceeding Don's use of affordances and cognitive
artifacts were accompanied by other, related papers. One by Engestrom on
"when is an artifact" and one or more by Ed Hutchins. If people are
interested in pursuing this thread/topic the materials could be gathered
up.

mike

On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 8:09 AM, Glassman, Michael <glassman.13@osu.edu>
wrote:

> But it seems that Norman made two mistakes (and I like his idea).  He
> actually cops to both of them.  The first was not to distinguish between
> affordances which are discovered and perceived affordances which are
> designed.  I think this is related to the issue of artifacts.  Meaning are
> artifacts designed for perceived affordances or are they there to be
> discovered through movement as (and this is probably the wrong word, if
> anybody knows the right one, help!!) organic affordances.  It is a complex
> question about artifacts I think because their meaning changes based on
> context, so something designed for perceived affordances in one context may
> result in organic affordances in another context.
>
> The second mistake he made, which turned out to be bigger - is that he was
> not careful enough in differentiating between affordances and constraints.
> Again artifacts, are they designed to create perceived affordances or are
> they designed to create constraints.
>
> Anyway, just something I have been thinking about lately, but the mention
> just spurred me to throw this up.  Hope I'm not being too much of an
> interloper.
>
> Michael
> ________________________________________
> From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu]
> on behalf of mike cole [mcole@ucsd.edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 10:58 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: How *basic* are images?
>
> Annalisa-
>
> I like the Wikipedia phraseology better than my own, appropriation not
> discovery. For several years before he appropriated the notion of
> affordances, Don Norman and colleagues at UCSD were dead set against
> Gibson's ideas.  The change of views coincided with the advent of the d-cog
> idea which also has deep roots in chat.
>
> No hidden  history i know of, but interesting connections among the notion
> of affordance and artifact seem worth considering. A discussion  of these
> connections can be found, among other places, in
>
>  Cole, M. & Engeström, Y. (1993). *A cultural-historical approach to
> distributed*
> *cognition*. In G. Salomon (Ed.), Distributed cognition: Psychological and
> educational considerations. New York: Cambridge University Press.
>
> mike
>
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> wrote:
>
> >
> > Hi Mike,
> >
> > It was my hope to not post more today, but I I have been denied that
> wish!
> >
> > Yes, I am aware that "dcog" and "chat" have important connections. I was
> > not aware however that Don Norman discovered affordances. I learned about
> > Gibson's affordances in Gardner's book The Minds New Science (1985).
> >
> > Is there some history that is not part of the common story?
> >
> > I looked here for clarity:
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affordance
> >
> > Is it possible that you mean affordances and how they relate to cognitive
> > artifacts?
> >
> > There are no rocks here, maybe only Nerf footballs, as done in play, and
> > even joy!
> >
> > When I am done with Paul's paper I do intend to speak, however until then
> > I will remain with the ineffable.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Annalisa
> > ________________________________________
> > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu>
> > on behalf of mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu>
> > Sent: Monday, December 1, 2014 10:39 PM
> > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: How *basic* are images?
> >
> > The histories of dcog and chat are intertwined, Annalisa. And,
> > co-incidently, Don Norman discovered affordances and cognitive artifacts
> > right about that time at UCSD.  If it were possible to find a source that
> > makes these connections visible and available to read about it might be a
> > step in the direction of your earlier suggestion of some sort of intro
> for
> > newcomers to the discussion.
> >
> > I have been reading The paper that Paul sent. I fear I need a newcomer's
> > introduction to many of the dense cluster of thinkers he is seeking to
> sort
> > out! The centrality of class comes through clearly, but I am
> insuficiently
> > read in too many places to feel I understand well. Help wanted!
> >
> > A sculptor friend has a t shirt that nails our dilemma "so many rocks, so
> > little time"!
> >
> > Mike
> >
> > A
> >
> > On Monday, December 1, 2014, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> wrote:
> >
> > > Martin!
> > >
> > > Perhaps the day we stop employing the phrase "mental representation" is
> > > coming closer!
> > >
> > > For me, this brings us closer to truly understanding Gibson's theory of
> > > affordances.
> > >
> > > This is what it's like for me to read David's contributed article. But
> I
> > > wonder if it is possible for you, Martin, to explain why it is
> important
> > > not to use the phrase,"mental representation" in the article.
> > >
> > > I suspect there is a history here, and I do not mean to pull a grenade
> > > pin, I just want to understand because I am a newcomer to the list. If
> > you
> > > can trust that that is my intention by asking, I will look forward to
> > your
> > > reply, Martin.
> > >
> > > Let me just add that I am putting two and two together that being at
> UCSD
> > > and it being the home to Distributed Cognition, that that influences
> your
> > > position, not that it necessarily shapes it, but that you find
> community
> > in
> > > it (which I suppose can still shape, but it seems more voluntary
> phrased
> > > that way).
> > >
> > > Kind regards,
> > >
> > > Annalisa
> > > ________________________________________
> > > From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <javascript:;> <
> > > xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <javascript:;>> on behalf of Martin
> John
> > > Packer <mpacker@uniandes.edu.co <javascript:;>>
> > > Sent: Monday, December 1, 2014 4:28 AM
> > > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: How *basic* are images?
> > >
> > > An interesting article, David. One way in which it is interesting, to
> me
> > > at least, is that the phrase "mental representation" is not used, even
> > > once. Instead the author writes of the way that we "read" images in the
> > > world around us - material representations - and he tries to define the
> > > "interpretational space" within which this reading takes place.
> > >
> > > Martin
> > >
> > > On Dec 1, 2014, at 1:53 AM, David Kellogg <dkellogg60@gmail.com
> > > <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Larry, Annalisa:
> > > >
> > > > People sometimes ask my wife if it was "love at first sight" when we
> > > > met. She answers--quite truthfully--that she has no memory of
> anything
> > > > except the price of the shoes that I wore (a kind of shoe available
> > > > for a standard price all over China) She does not even remember
> > > > whether they were new or old (they were pretty new; it was the
> > > > beginning of the semester). I think I would describe this as a
> > > > non-image based mental representation.
> > > >
> > > > As Larry says, the issue of whether all mental representations are
> > > > images was a very hot one--back in the late nineteenth century. In
> > > > fact, it was the key issue for the Gestaltist revolt against
> Titchener
> > > > and against Wundtian psychology: for Wundt and his disciples,
> > > > everything was image based, and the Gestaltists demonstrated that
> > > > many, if not most, of our mental operations are genetically anterior
> > > > to images, and have more to do with processes, else we would not have
> > > > time or ability to process complex problems in real time.
> > > >
> > > > I think it is even more true that of forms of thinking that are
> > > > genetically posterior to images. I hesitate to recommend more reading
> > > > to anybody, because of course Larry is far more well read than I am
> > > > (particularly on phenomenology) and Annalisa sometimes feels like
> > > > she's being sent to sit facing the corner with a book. So do NOT read
> > > > this article--instead, look at Figure 11.
> > > >
> > > > http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3157022/
> > > >
> > > > The artist, Robert Pepperell, uses the general color structure of
> > > > Michelangelo’s painting to suggest images without using any actual
> > > > images: by color and shape, which some part of our cultural
> experience
> > > > associates with Renaissance paintings.  Pepperell then deliberately
> > > > frustrates these guiding images by refusing to give them any
> > > > recognizable figures upon which to focus.
> > > >
> > > > However, the child staring up at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco
> > > > for the first time finds himself in the opposite situation. He or she
> > > > can discern quite clearly the fighting figures in the painting and
> > > > wonders who they are and why they are fighting, but does not notice
> > > > the color structure or see anything particularly meaningful in it.
> > > >
> > > > David Kellogg
> > > > Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
> > > >
> > > > On 1 December 2014 at 10:39, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu
> > > <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> Hi Larry and David,
> > > >>
> > > >> Am I butting in? I hope if I am, it is a welcome butting in!
> > > >>
> > > >> I don't know that we can say that "basic guiding images" are at the
> > > root of all thinking.
> > > >>
> > > >> Perhaps it is safer to say that people think differently, based upon
> > > previous conditioning and interactions with their caretakers, in
> > > combination with their biological makeup? Vera has a coined a phrase I
> > like
> > > a lot called "Cognitive pluralism." She has written a paper on it by
> the
> > > same title and you may find interesting it if you don't know it.
> > > >>
> > > >> With this in mind, it is possible that _some_ people think as
> Hackett
> > > describes, but I don't know if it is how all people think. Have you
> > already
> > > given an example of Hackett's work that you recommend? I'd be willing
> to
> > > take a look.
> > > >>
> > > >> As I understand, the topic of mental representations is
> controversial.
> > > It is likely controversial because no one likes it when someone says
> > "this
> > > is how all humans think." Of course, that is just my humble
> observation.
> > > >>
> > > >> It may just be that thinking is a dynamic process and whatever that
> > > process is, is particular to the necessity to the situation at hand?
> > Just a
> > > thought.
> > > >>
> > > >> What is it that appeals to you about this model, metaphoricity?
> > > >>
> > > >> (BTW, a metaphor need not be image based!)
> > > >>
> > > >> Kind regards,
> > > >>
> > > >> Annalisa
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> ________________________________________
> > > >> From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <javascript:;> <
> > > xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu <javascript:;>> on behalf of Larry
> > Purss <
> > > lpscholar2@gmail.com <javascript:;>>
> > > >> Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 11:33 AM
> > > >> To: eXtended Mind, Culture Activity
> > > >> Subject: [Xmca-l]  How *basic* are images?
> > > >>
> > > >> David K
> > > >> I mentioned Chris Hackett, and I recently referenced Peirce. My
> reason
> > > for
> > > >> exploring these authors is I have been following a path pursuing a
> > basic
> > > >> question.
> > > >>
> > > >> Are basic guiding images at the root of all thinking?
> > > >>
> > > >> Chris Hackett's answer is: "thinking never EXCEEDS the basic guiding
> > > images
> > > >> upon which thinking rests"
> > > >>
> > > >> The recent dialogue between Andy and Martin exploring appearances
> and
> > > >> illusions was also exploring this theme.
> > > >>
> > > >> Hackett is outlining what he understands as a new phenomenological
> > path
> > > >> that places guiding images at the root of thinking. He names this
> > > process
> > > >> *metaphoricity*.
> > > >>
> > > >> Hackett believes metaphoricity names the irreducible image-character
> > of
> > > the
> > > >> *spontaneous event* of meaning.
> > > >>
> > > >> He goes on to suggest that the "intending subject" - which he
> > brackets -
> > > >> finds itself implicated in this guiding image.
> > > >>
> > > >> AND
> > > >>
> > > >> it is *in* this guiding image that the *intending subject* finds the
> > > >> meaning of its very self.
> > > >>
> > > >> Exploring the notion of "first things* Hackett proposes this
> > > >> image-character IS a new *objectivity* that only the notion of
> > metaphor
> > > can
> > > >> invoke. In other words the notion of *seeing as* is implicated in
> > > >> *objectivity*
> > > >>
> > > >> This new objectivity for Hackett is the root of thinking.
> > > >>
> > > >> Reason at the point of becoming conscious and in command of itself
> > *in*
> > > the
> > > >> mode [path] of the concept
> > > >> occurs AFTER the *constitution* of meaning through guiding images
> has
> > > been
> > > >> established.
> > > >>
> > > >> In other words meaning through guiding images mediates the path of
> > > >> conscious verbal thought in command of itself which is derived from
> > the
> > > >> image-character of the guiding image.
> > > >>
> > > >> I hesitate to open this thread because of how controversial this
> topic
> > > may
> > > >> become [again]
> > > >>
> > > >> However I will take the risk as I continue to be held by this basic
> > > >> question. I want to repeat that Hackett is exploring these images as
> > > >> occurring as *events* and in his speculations the images emerge
> > > >> spontaneously prior to intentional consciousness.
> > > >>
> > > >> This is not the phenomenology of Husserl [which is transcendental]
> and
> > > is
> > > >> not the phenomenology of Heidegger [which is hermeneutical]. It
> seems
> > to
> > > >> have an affinity with Peirce and speculative musings.
> > > >>
> > > >> I also realize this question may already be answered in Vygotsky's
> > > writings
> > > >> and may be pulling us away from the historical concerns of XMCA. I
> > > >> personally am following this path for now.
> > > >>
> > > >> Larry
> > > >>
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> > --
> > It is the dilemma of psychology to deal with a natural science with an
> > object that creates history. Ernst Boesch.
> >
> >
>
>
> --
> It is the dilemma of psychology to deal with a natural science with an
> object that creates history. Ernst Boesch.
>
>


-- 
It is the dilemma of psychology to deal with a natural science with an
object that creates history. Ernst Boesch.