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  Thursday, February 24, 2005


  Loïc le Meur in Moscow...

Via a bit of browsing around I have discovered that Loïc le Meur was in Moscow. It looks pretty much like a business trip, so of course I'm very curious if it results in any serious moves of Six Apart... Hope for an opportunity to find out :)

Anyway, what I find out even more interesting is Loïc's impressions of Moscow. Read it yourself. I would't say that it's the most objective perspective in the world, but it's nice to see something different from a typical pattern that people in Europe get from media.

See also: Is Russia on your horizon ?


  How artefacts support thinking and knowledge creation (2)

Just a quote, to continue on research on how artefacts support thinking and knowledge creation

As I construct this chapter [...] I am continually creating, putting aside, and re-organizing chunks of text. I have a file which contains all kinds of hints and fragments, stored up over a long period of time, which may be germane to the discussion. I have source texts and papers full of notes and annotations. As I (literally, physically) move these things about, interacting first with one, then another, making new notes, annotations and plans, so the intellectual shape of the chapter grows and solidifies. It is a shape which does not spring fully developed from inner cogitations. Instead, it is the product of a sustained and iterated sequence of interactions between my brain and a variety of external props. In these cases, I am willing to say, a good deal of actual thinking involves loops and circuits which run outside the head and through the local environment. Extended intellectual arguments and theses are almost always the product of brains acting in concert with multiple external resources. These resources enable us to pursue manipulations and juxtapositions of ideas and data which would quickly baffle the un-augmented brain. [] In all such cases, the real environment of printed words and symbols allows us to search, store, sequence and reorganize data in ways alien to the on-board repertoire of the biological brain.
Clark, A. (1998). Magic Words: How Language Augments Human Computation (.pdf). P. Carruthers and J. Boucher (Eds) Language And Thought: Interdisciplinary Themes. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1998, pp. 62-183.


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