Cognition and Tool Use: The Blacksmith at Work (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives)

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Taking their inspiration from the ancient skill of blacksmithing, the authors of this book take a fresh look at the mental processes involved in the accomplishment of goals. They analyze the way people apply what they know in order to reach a particular end, whether it is material or conceptual, routine or novel. The authors, anthropologists Janet and Charles Keller, provide an account of human accomplishment based on a detailed study of contemporary blacksmiths. The cognitive realm of blacksmithing is of particular interest because it relies on visual imagery and physical virtuosity rather than verbal logic, the conventional yardstick of cognition.

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Anthropologists Janet and Charles Keller provide an account of human accomplishment based on ethnographic study. Blacksmithing--the transformation of glowing iron into artistic and utilitarian products--is the activity they chose to develop a study of situated learning. This domain, permeated by visual imagery and physical virtuosity rather than verbal logic, appears antithetical to the usual realms of cognitive study. For this reason, it provides a new entree to human thought and an empirical test for an anthropology of knowledge.

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In Cognition and Tool Use, anthropologists Janet and Charles Keller provide an account of human accomplishment based on ethnographic study. Blacksmithing - the transformation of glowing iron into artistic and utilitarian products - is the activity in which they study situated learning. This domain, permeated by visual imagery and physical virtuosity rather than verbal logic, appears antithetical to the usual realms of cognitive study. For this reason, it provides a new entree to human thought and an empirical test for an anthropology of knowledge. How does a mind in action access a stable, "sedimented" body of knowledge and create something original? What does human tool use say about human thought? What does someone need to know to successfully produce a material artifact and how do they gain this understanding? In addressing these questions, the authors offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the principled creativity of human behavior. This book will especially appeal to anthropologists and psychologists who wish to explore an alternative approach to learning and cognition.

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