From September 2015 to August 2017, I will be pursuing a Technology Studies PostDoc at the Central European University (CEU), in Budapest. My project is part of the Science Studies Program and concerns distributed cognition in science. My research will focus on the diachronic aspects of the formation, transformation, and dissolution of distributed cognitive systems in science, especially in paleoarchaeological research, and the role of the introduction of novel technologies (e.g., objective dating methods, computers, etc.) in changing such systems. I am currently affiliated with both the Philosophy and Cognitive Science departments. Moreover, I am now a member of the Social Mind Center (Somics) also based at the CEU.
De septembre 2015 à août 2017, je serai chercheur post-doctoral en Technology Studies à la Central European University (CEU), à Budapest. Mon projet s’intègre au Science Studies Program et concerne la cognition distribuée en science. Ma recherche focalise sur les aspects diachroniques de la formation, transformation, et dissolution de systèmes de cognition distribuée en science, et plus particulièrement en paléoarchéologie. De plus, je m’intéresse au rôle de l’introduction de nouvelles technologies (ex: méthodes de datation objectives, ordinateurs, etc.) comme agents de transformation de ces systèmes de cognition distribuée. Je suis actuellement affilié aux départements de Philosophie et de Sciences Cognitives. De plus, je suis également membre du Social Mind Center (Somics), lui-aussi au CEU.
I contributed to an online book club event at the International Cognition and Culture Institute on Thom Scott-Phillips’ recent book “Speaking Our Mind“. See my contribution here.
J’ai contribué à un club de lecture en ligne à l’International Cognition and Culture Institute au sujet du récent livre de Thom Scott-Phillips intitulé “Speaking Our Mind“. Vous pouvez lire ma contribution ici.
My review of Linnda R. Caporael, James R. Griesemer, and William C. Wimsatt (eds.): Developing scaffolds in evolution, culture, and cognition has been published in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. (pdf)
Mon compte-rendu de Linnda R. Caporael, James R. Griesemer, and William C. Wimsatt (eds.): Developing scaffolds in evolution, culture, and cognition a été publié dans History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. (pdf)
My paper ‘Populations without Reproduction’ has been published in Philosophy of Science. (pdf)
Mon article ‘Populations without Reproduction’ a été publié dans Philosophy of Science. (pdf)
For a population to undergo evolution by natural selection, it is assumed that the constituents of the population form parent-offspring lineages, that is, that they must reproduce. I challenge this assumption by dividing the notion of reproduction into two subprocesses, that is, multiplication and inheritance, that produce parent-offspring lineages between the parts of a population, and I show that their population-level roles, generation and memory, respectively, can be effected by processes that do not rely on such locallevel lineages. I further argue that these two population-level processes, not local parent-offspring lineages, are necessary conditions for a population to undergo Darwinian evolution.
My paper ‘The cognitive life of mechanical molecular models’ has been published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. (pdf)
Mon article ‘The cognitive life of mechanical molecular models’ a été publié dans Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. (pdf)
The use of physical models of molecular structures as research tools has been central to the development of biochemistry and molecular biology. Intriguingly, it has received little attention from scholars of science. In this paper, I argue that these physical models are not mere three-dimensional representations but that they are in fact very special research tools: they are cognitive augmentations. Despite the fact that they are external props, these models serve as cognitive tools that augment and extend the modeler’s cognitive capacities and performance in molecular modeling tasks. This cognitive enhancement is obtained because of the way the modeler interacts with these models, the models’ materiality contributing to the solving of the molecule’s structure. Furthermore, I argue that these material models and their component parts were designed, built and used specifically to serve as cognitive facilitators and cognitive augmentations.