Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Reification Problem: The Difference Between Naming and Understanding

In “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out” Richard Feynman tells this story about things his father did that helped teach him to think like a scientist: He had taught me to notice things and one day when I was playing … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Promise of Automation: To Replace or To Engage Humans?

Moshe Vardi (a computer science professor at Rice University in Texas) is reported to have made the following claim at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: “We are approaching the time when machines will be … Continue reading

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Robert Wears leading expert on patient safety passes unexpectedly.

Dr. Robert Wears was an Emergency Room Physician and a leading advocate/practitioner of Cognitive Systems Engineering in the healthcare domain.  He was committed to applying state of the art theory and technologies to improve patient safety. This is a great … Continue reading

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Engineering ‘Cognitive Systems’

The term “Cognitive Engineering” was first suggested by Don Norman and it is the title of a chapter in a book (User-Centered System Design -1986) that he co-edited with Stephen Draper. Norman (1986) writes: Cognitive Engineering, a term invented to … Continue reading

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Cognitive Systems Engineering: More than 25 years in

It is a bit of a jolt for me to realize that it has now been more than 25 years since the publication of Rasmussen, Pejtersen and Goodstein’s (1994) important book “Cognitive Systems Engineering.” It is partly a jolt because … Continue reading

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