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Giere, R. N. (2000). Scientific cognition as distributed cognition. Manuscript draft.

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Author of the summary: Jim Davies, 2001, jim@jimdavies.org

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Rumelhart et al. showed that neural networks can do pattern filling and matching. If people are neural nets then how can they do linear processing, like multiplication? Rumelhart's answer was that they use external representations. [p2]

For long multiplication, the distributed cognition view is that it is the person/pencil/paper system that is doing the cognitive task, not just the mind.

When we view a research facility as a single cognitive system, the boundaries between the social and cognitive go away. [p8]

Distributed cognition is sometimes thought to be between people, but it can be between a person and an instrument.

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