If you were raised in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, one of your earliest memories would
most likely be hearing the national story of the four faithful friends. The story tells of a pheasant
that found a seed, a rabbit that helped plant and water it, a monkey that fertilized and weeded it, and
an elephant that stood guard to protect it. When the tree had grown to maturity, the animals climbed
on each other’s backs, forming a pyramid, to reach into the high branches so as to collect and share
the fruit. Editing this book has made me mindful of this tale of...
This thesis is about the metaphors of the rainbow and the fogbow, investigations
and evaluations, public internet monitors, writing women, reflections and discussions
about politics, design and democracy. It is also about the ongoing re-structuring of
participation in service design within the development of eGovernment. The aim
behind the drive towards eGovernment is to modernise administration and make it
more efficient. The transformation and modernisation of public services are
proclaimed to bring about a change in services based on a ‘citizen-centred approach.
This book marks a major step forward in cognitive science, an effective way of
thinking about minds and brains that isn’t just another computer metaphor.
Many of us have been looking for such a step, but where would it come from?
One promising possibility was dynamical systems theory, which indeed is
basic to Michael Spivey’s argument here. Until now, however, dynamical
systems have had little to say about genuinely cognitive achievements such as
language, categorization, or thought.