Social Networks and Cognition

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see: Culture, science and the world

A network take on consciousness

The Brain's Dark Energy

Late emendations to this article

Blackwell Handbook of Cognitive Anthropology

Editors: Kronenfeld, Bennardo, De Munch, Fischer

My contribution: IV. Cognitive Structures of Cultural Domains

Cultural Models
  Social Networks
  Kinship terminologies and networks
  Genealogical networks
  Section counting numbers
Gillian Sankoff (use Reichardt software with negative ties) on Marti Doyle's excel data
Murray Leaf 2007 Empirical Formalism Structure and Dynamics 2(1):804-824] 
Murray Leaf 2008 Indigenous Algorithms, Organizations, and Rationality Structure and Dynamics 3(1):

Santa Fe SASci meeting, Feb 2005, Title: Conceptual Ethnography

Abstract: Conceptual ethnography begins from the recognition that the compartments and conceptions of anthropology and ethnography are interlinked. Here I examine cognition and social networks in relation to the concept of culture, exemplified in the study of kinship. Concepts used in network analysis of the context and behaviors involved in kinship lead to new understandings of patterns of cohesion. Within cohesive groups, people in various communities are shown to use the network itself to compute categories of kinship in unexpected ways that do not require the kinds of assumptions anthropologists often make about the connection between kinship terminology and behavior. It is shown that this lends support to the view that cognition cannot be considered an internal mental process but involves the social environment itself as part of the cognition in the wild, as Ed Hutchins has aptly put the case. Hence culture cannot be considered in terms of models of internal states, and a definition of culture must deal with the many layers of interconnections between behavior, networks, cognition, and socially cohesive units such as community or organizations in which people interact.

Journal of Cognition and Culture