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Re: Design Thinkers

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Todd Robinson <[log in to unmask]>

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Apologies for the previous post. It was not meant to be sent to the list.
Todd

On 21/03/13 1:21 PM, Todd Robinson wrote:
> hi susan
> I take this post to be a good omen !!
>
> Thanks for yesterday, its great to get back on focus
> look forward to talking soon
> t
>
>
> On 21/03/13 11:26 AM, Keith Russell wrote:
>> Dear thinkers about thinking,
>>
>> Every time this topic comes up, I go into the proximal state or 
>> intentional arc described by Merleau-Ponty. Is design thinking a 
>> peculiar kind of "maximal grip"? Is the "intentional arc" of one 
>> design thinker much the same as the "intentional arc" of another 
>> design thinker?
>>
>> cheers
>>
>> keith
>>
>> See below for a snip from:
>>
>> http://www.class.uh.edu/cogsci/dreyfus.html
>>
>>
>> Merleau-Ponty's Critique of Mental Representation:
>> The Relevance of Phenomenology to Scientific Explanation
>> Intelligence Without Representation
>>
>> Hubert L. Dreyfus
>> I. The Relation between Phenomenology and Neuro-Science
>>
>> Today I want to show that two important components of intelligent 
>> behavior, learning, and skillful action can be described and 
>> explained without recourse to mind or brain representations. To do 
>> this I will explain two central concepts in Merleau-Ponty's 
>> Phenomenology of Perception --the intentional arc and getting a 
>> maximal grip. The intentional arc names the tight connection between 
>> the agent and the world, viz. that, as the agent acquires skills, 
>> those skills are "stored", not as representations in the mind, but as 
>> dispositions to respond to the solicitations of situations in the 
>> world. Maximum grip names the body's tendency to respond to these 
>> solicitations in such a way as to bring the current situation closer 
>> to the agent's sense of an optimal gestalt. Neither of these 
>> abilities requires mental or brain representations. Rather, simulated 
>> neural networks exhibit crucial structural features of the 
>> intentional arc. Moreover, Walter Freeman's account of the brain 
>> dynamics underlying perception and action is structurally isomorphic 
>> with Merleau-Ponty's account of the way a skilled agent moves towards 
>> obtaining a maximum grip.
>>
>>
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