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Hacking Exposed by is a great series of books that covers all types of computer security-related topics. It is clear and has been widely recognized that one cannot understand a technology without having a functional understanding of how it is used. Furthermore, that understanding must incorporate a holistic view of the network of technologies and activities into which it fits, rather than treating the technological devices in isolation, But this is still not enough.

W can e say that the word processor must be understood by virtue of the role it plays in communication, the distribution of information, and the accumulation of knowledge. But the innovation in his language had a m ajor impact on human society, in everything from the 1.

Looking at computers we find the same process at work.

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In order to become aware of the effects that computers have on society we must reveal the implicit understanding of human language, thought, and work that serves as a background for developments in computer technology.

In this endeavor we are doubly concerned with language. First, we are studying a technology that operates in a domain of language. The computer is a device for creating, manipulating, and transmitting symbolic hence linguistic objects. Second, in looking at the impact of the computer, we find ourselves thrown back into questions of language-how practice shapes our language and language in turn generates the space of possibilities for action.

This book, then, is permeated by a concern for language.

Much of our theory is a theory of language, and our understanding of the computer centers on the role it will play in mediating and facilitating linguistic action as the essential human activity. In asking what computers can do, we are drawn into asking what people do with them, and in the end into addressing the fundam ental question of what it m eans to be hum an. Every questioning grows out of a tradition-a pre-understanding that opens the space of possible answers. It is not a set of rules or sayings, or something we will find catalogued in an encyclopedia.

Even in discussions of what computers can and cannot do, the questions that are posed reflect a particular blindness about the nature of human thought and language-a blindness that can lead to a broad m isunder standing of the role that w be played by com ill puters. The rationalistic tradition is distinguished by its narrow focus on certain aspects of rationality, which as we will show throughout the book often leads to attitudes and activities that are not rational when viewed in a broader perspective, Our commitment is to developing a new ground for rationality-one that is as rigorous as the rationalistic tradition in its aspirations but that does not share the presuppositions behind it.

The task we have undertaken in this book is to challenge the rationalistic tradition, introducing an alternative orientation that can lead to asking new questions. In developing this new orientation, we were led to a critique of the current mythology of artificial intelligence and its related cognitive theories, drawing conclusions that contradict the naive optimism apparent in the quotations at the beginning of the chapter.

The alternative we pose is not a position in a debate about whether or not computers will be intelligent, but an attempt to create a new understanding of how to design computer tools suited to human use and human purposes. No book can embody the result of such a process, but through entering a dialog with the reader we can help make it possible. We have attempted to do this in three steps. First we present some previous work that challenges the theoretical assumptions of the rationalistic tradition, calling into question much of what is normally taken for granted in our 1.

Next we carefully examine, from the orientation developed in the fi rst part, the phenomena that have emerged in the practice of computer technology Finally, we suggest some alternative directions for the design of computer-based tools. Part I of the book Chapters describes the rationalistic tradition and presents three distinct bodies of work, each of which stands in contrast to that tradition and each of which has deeply influenced our own understanding.

We do not attempt to provide a philosophical exposition and critique in which arguments for and against each position are enumerated and weighed. We find it more fruitful to present the central points, listening for their relevance to our own concerns. Our discourse is theoretical in that it deals with fundamental questions, but it is not directed towards postulating formal theories that can be systematically used to make predictions.

As will become clear, one of the most prominent illusions of the rationalistic tradition is the belief that knowledge consists of explicit theories of that sort. Chapter 2 describes the rationalistic tradition in some detail, showing how it serves as a basis for our culture's commonsense understanding of language, thought, and rationality. Our goal is to reveal biases and assumptions that are concealed by their embodiment in the background of our language.. Chapter 3 deals with a tradition that includes hermeneutics the study of interpretation and phenomenology the philosophical examination of the foundations of experience and action.

This tradition has emerged from humanistic studies, and is concerned with the relation of the individual to the context-especially the social context-in which he or, she lives. It emphasizes those areas of human experience where individual interpretation and intuitive understanding as opposed to logical deduction and conscious reflection play a central role.

Its exponents challenge the belief that a formal analytical understanding of these phenomena is possible at all. We concentrate on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Martin Heidegger Many other philosophers have explored related ideas, including phenomenologists such as Husserl, Ricoeur, and Merleau-Ponty, existentialists such as Sartre, pragmatists such as Mead and Dewey, current political philosophers such as Habermas and Apel, and even some with a more analytic background, such as Wittgenstein,.

We have selected Heidegger and Gadamer, partly because of the role their writings played in our own learning, and partly because of their intrinsic importance within the tradition they represent. Heidegger stands out as the modern philosopher who has done the most thorough, penetrating, and radical analysis of everyday experience. His ideas lie at the root of much of what other philosophers have said, and at the root of our own orientation. Since it was not our intention to produce a work of philosophical scholarship, we do not attempt to draw connections between the discourse developed by these two philosophers and the many others that preceded and followed them.

Our aim is to bring out the relevant distinctions in the clearest possible way, by focussing on their central insights. Chapter 4 presents the work of Hum berto R. M aturana, a Chilean neurobiologist most widely known for his work on the neurophysiology of vision.

His background is that of a biologist, not a philosopher, and he deals first and foremost with the nature of biological organism as s mechanistic structure-determined systems. His work was critical in the development of our understanding of cognition and of our perspective on the rationalistic tradition.

Writers like Heidegger challenge the dominant view of mind, declaring that cognition is not based on the systematic manipulation of representations, This perspective has been the basis for several critiques of artificial intelligence2 that initially have a kind of m ystical feel to those within the scientific community.

In questioning the common understanding of the relationship among perception, representation, and thought, these accounts seem at first sight to deny the physical basis of human action. M aturana provides two useful insights that let us escape from this limited pre-understanding: the role of the observer in creating phenom enal domains; and the concept of structural coupling, which allows us to understand behavior that is mechanically generated but not programmed.

As a biologist, Maturana sets out a conceptual framework in which phe nomena of interpretation arise as a necessary consequence of the structure of biological beings.

At the same time, he compels us to acquire a new understanding of the way we talk about physical nature and to apply this understanding to ourselves.

As we pointed out earlier, questions concerning cognition are intertwined with questions about the nature of language. Chapter 5 begins by showing how the insights of hermeneutics are relevant to the issues that have traditionally been addressed by linguists and analytic philosophers of language.

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