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Lecture by N. Katherine Hayles

Thought or Cognition? What’s the Difference and Why Is It Important?

Friday, October 14
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Centre Pompidou
Salle Triangle
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris

Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1) or Rambuteau (line 11)


Whereas “thinking” has historically been loaded with a long tradition of anthropocentric assumptions, leading to fruitless debates about whether machines can think, “cognition” encompasses a much broader territory that includes both human systems and technical assemblages.


This talk will offer a definition of cognition that opens the way to re-thinking the relations of humans to other biological organisms and, equally important, to understanding the ways in which cognitive technologies and humans interact in the contemporary era. The implications of this framework will be explored over a diverse range of issues, from environmental concerns to ethical approaches to complex technologies.


N. Katherine Hayles, the James B. Duke Professor of Literature at Duke University, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has published ten books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and her research has been recognized by a great number of awards and fellowships.

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