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Extended Cognition in Science Communication

Ludwig, David (2013) Extended Cognition in Science Communication. Public Understanding of Science.

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The aim of this article is to propose a methodological externalism that takes knowledge about science to be partly constituted by the environment. My starting point is the debate about extended cognition in contemporary philosophy and cognitive science. Externalists claim that human cognition extends beyond the brain and can be partly constituted by external devices. First, I show that most studies of public knowledge about science are based on an internalist framework that excludes the environment we usually utilize to make sense of science and does not allow the possibility of extended knowledge. In a second step, I argue that science communication studies should adopt a methodological externalism and accept that knowledge about science can be partly realized by external information resources such as Wikipedia.


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Ludwig, David
Additional Information: Document removed at the request of the author 7/25/14
Keywords: Science Communication, Externalism, Extended Cognition, Extended Mind, Public Understanding of Science, Scientific Literacy, Cognitive Extension, Internet, Digital Media, Wikipedia
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Dr David Ludwig
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 21:18
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2014 14:34
Item ID: 9755
Journal or Publication Title: Public Understanding of Science
Official URL: http://pus.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/02/19/09...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662513476798
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Science Education
General Issues > Technology
Date: 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9755

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