Re: the role of externalization

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 08:16:01 PDT

Yes, Peter. We keep emphasizing the constant dialectic process of
internalization and externalization, but I do not think we have
as many clear examples as we could use. I view these various examples
as "similar" to use your term, but perhaps somewhat different in their
intimate details of operation. Note that adults talking to themselves
while they type as a means of avoiding errors, or when tired, is another
spontaneous kind of example.

What I especially liked about the example is that Amelia started by
saying "i know it but I can't see it" before she then made the next
example visible to herself.

On Sun, 6 Jun 2004, Peter Smagorinsky wrote:

> So, is this then similar to singers who emphasize lyrics with hand gestures
> and podium speakers who "speak with their hands"?
> At 04:58 PM 6/5/2004 -0700, you wrote:
> >Another place where you see "drawing in the air" is when Japanese want
> >to say something complex and they make kanji figures in the air, Yrjo.
> >
> >The point, as Luria makes it, is quite general. It is, I think, evidence
> >of the self-creation of a zoped using an artifactual system that is only
> >"virtually" external.
> >mike

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