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[Xmca-l] Article for Discussion: Prototyping proshetic devices and much more :-)

Dear Colleagues,

Please excuse the delay in "setting free" the article for discussion this
month: *The Prototyping Mind: Rethinking Perception Affordances and the
Mediation of Cultural Artifacts. T*he paper by Zaza Kabayadondo. The
abstract reads as follows:


This article focuses on a prototyping session during which 6 Zimbabwean
medical professionals design a prosthetic device. Prototyping helps the
team determine which features must be built into the prosthetic, amplifies
tensions between team members, and puts on display the kinds of futures
they imagine. I use the state of disrepair of the team’s prototyping
materials to tease out the distinct layers of perceptual reasoning that are
instilled in cultural artifacts. An appreciation of the global flows of
cultural artifacts lends complexity to the framework of “affordances” and
“mediation” employed in the study and design of tools for learning.


It seems to hit upon a number of recent themes discussed among us.

You can obtain your free copy at


​By all means feel free to distribute that url and invite potentially
interested people to join the discussion. They can
do that here : ​http://lchc.ucsd.edu/xmca

Summer is upon us here in the northern hemisphere, but that leaves a world
of possibilities for discussion by those form whom
the days have grown shorter as locally they have grown longer.

Your thoughts?



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