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  1. #1 Distributed Cognition 
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    My hypothesis : That distributed cognition is terrain dependent.

    1. By terrain I refer to technology, the density of technology/machinery in a given location.

    2. BY dependent I consider the nature of distributed cognition (DC) and how it is deflected, restricted in application, by its application and utility.

    I can conceive of a situation where, for example in a general hospital, the high tech - low touch hot spots of concentrated machinery reflect a deeper application dependency of DC than in a low tech - high touch labour intensive wards, such as with long-term and geriatric occupation.

    A sub-hypothesis: That the gravitational flow of DC to ICU s and surgical wards in effect deflects DC from low tech applications, therefore causing an imbalance by which a working description of this imbalance may be signified by a concept of cognition deflection(CD)

    I can envisage other applications of my hypothesis in similar terrains, such as industry. I also speculate in less scientific terms of the DC/CD ratio application to the social sciences, for example, to spiritual values, to political economy, to welfare planning.


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    Can you define DC?


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    With pleasure.

    Google has the usual spread on such terms/concepts which you have probably looked at.

    My definition of DC links to the normal processing of cognitive problems: decision-making, thinking, calculation. Cognition linked also to expertise.

    Distributing these problems requires the normal transition from mind to environment, from say a simple bookmark as aide memoir, to complex displacement such as inanimate systems, computers, machinery.

    DC is crucial in shifting the basic human functions into non-human support systems, the life-support complex in surgery for example, to wrap around technology of daily living.

    DC is unconstrained by the human mind or body. The devolution of everyday cognitive tasks across all systems spans this delegation of knowledge and skill, from electric tooth brushes to the cockpits of passenger jets, from shopping to nuclear physics.

    Nevertheless DC must include the human body in this process to complete the equation.

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    Okay. Sorry... I'm somewhat familiar with human neurobiology, as well as cognition... And I can plainly see that you've responded to my question in good faith, but I still don't know what you're talking about.
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