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1.1 I found two aspects interesting: First, my understanding of exactly what distributed cognition comprised was faulty. I now have a definitive understanding of distributed cognition and it various applications. Several aspects, I see, could be very useful in designing more effective learning environments, as well as, work environments. Second, I was impressed with the attributes of cognitive ethnography. I was understandably mistaken by my assumptions of ethnography being used only in anthropology and I can relate to many effective ways of incorporating its use in new and rather innovative ways in decision makeing as it relates to planning and designing better master planned communities.

1.2 I found the article very interesting and it has certainly prompted many questions for me to reflect on. For instance I really never thought of a social organization as a form of cognitive architecture. How can aspects of distributed cognition be use to create organizational memory and the application of creating meaning systems or basic meaning making to decision processes of complex problems.

2.0 The main message of the article. The main message of the article, in my opinion, is for us as designers, collaborators and life long learners to look beyond the obvious for tools to create a better understanding of our focus, ie objectives, etc.

3. As for he themes discussed in the article I would like to know much more about cognitive ethnography, constructing meaning systems, and defining a better approach to designing better cognitive enhancers.

4.1 I now understand distributed cognition as a process that goes beyond human cognition and knowledge representations. It goes beyond the boundary of the individual. it is distributed across other individuals, tools, and artefacts within our environment. Distributed cognition inculcates many different things to enhance our understanding and processing information in our complex world.

4.2 Ethnography is basically defined as observation and reporting what is observed of other cultures, other people, events and situations which engender meaning.

4.3 Active representations present a fundamental problem as to how we frame a problem. The use of symbols or tokens as representing actual or referent information. How individuals articulate themselves between the symbol and its telementry determine, in many cases errors of judgement. Faulty reading of instruments (in aircraft or ships) may produce accidents because judgements and/or decisions may be made with untoward consequences.

5.1 Work environments have been thought of in the past as fix or limited and the new foundations opens this up for workers to incorporate many different and useful artefacts that will extend ones understanding of complex situations. Another thought is that in the past cognition was thougt of as being bound by artifical limits. The new foundations through distributed cognition expands this mental barrier.

5.2 I would assume that these are probably ten years or older, however many of the older ideas are being rejunivated with newer technology and newer approaches to designing processes that utilize different frames for resolutions and solutions.

6.0 I would like to learn more about building system meaning and cognitive ethnography and its application to planning, conflict resolution, and learning environments.

7.0 This, I think, is a perfect example of applying new foundations for HCI. It shows how prompting, audio interface, video interface, maps and gps can be implemented to provide disable individuals a venue for utilizing distributed cognition. The social organization supporting it became the cognitive architecture.

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