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- DescriptionIn Cognition and Tool Use, anthropologists Janet and Charles Keller provide an account of human accomplishment based on ethgraphic 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 kwledge. How does a mind in practice approach a stable, 'sedimented' body of kwledge and create something truly original? What does human tool use say about human thought? What does someone need to kw to successfully produce a material artifact and how do they learn it? In addressing these questions, the authors offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the principled creativity of human behaviour.
- Author(s)Charles M. Keller,Janet Dixon Keller
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication28/09/1996
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note41 b/w illus.
- Weight500 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
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