Publication 5789

Winograd T. & Flores F. (1987) Cognition as a biological phenomenon. Chapter 4 in: Understanding computers and cognition: A new foundation for design. Addison-Wesley, Reading MA: 38–53. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/5789
Excerpt: The rationalistic orientation of our prior training in science and technology made the foundations of hermeneutics and phenomenology nearly inaccessible to us. Before we could become open to their relevance and importance we needed to take a preliminary step towards unconcealing the tradition in which we lived, recognizing that it was in fact open to serious question. For us, this first step came through the work of Humberto Maturana, a biologist who has been concerned with understanding how biological processes can give rise to the phenomena of cognition and language.

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