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    Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition

    Onof, Chris and Marsh, L. (2008) Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition. Cognitive Systems Research 9 (1/2), pp. 136-149. ISSN 1389-0417.

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    Abstract

    To know is to cognize, to cognize is to be a culturally bounded, rationality-bounded and environmentally located agent. Knowledge and cognition are thus dual aspects of human sociality. If social epistemology has the formation, acquisition, mediation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge in complex communities of knowers as its subject matter, then its third party character is essentially stigmergic. In its most generic formulation, stigmergy is the phenomenon of indirect communication mediated by modifications of the environment. Extending this notion one might conceive of social stigmergy as the extra-cranial analog of an artificial neural network providing epistemic structure. This paper recommends a stigmergic framework for social epistemology to account for the supposed tension between individual action, wants and beliefs and the social corpora. We also propose that the so-called “extended mind” thesis offers the requisite stigmergic cognitive analog to stigmergic knowledge. Stigmergy as a theory of interaction within complex systems theory is illustrated through an example that runs on a particle swarm optimization algorithm.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): stigmergy, social epistemology, extended mind, social cognition, particle swarm optimization
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 16:36
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 16:36
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11218

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