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Mediality, Temporality, Social Cognition, and Evolution

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Centro de Historia Intelectual, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Roque Sáenz Peña 352, Bernal, Buenos Aires 1414, Argentina
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Department of Social Since, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Valle de Sartenejas, Baruta 89000, Venezuela
Philosophies 2019, 4(3), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies4030044
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 28 July 2019 / Accepted: 29 July 2019 / Published: 1 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Philosophies of Time, Media and Contemporaneity)
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Abstract

In the literature of Media Studies, the word mediality has emerged as an expression of the concern about the specificity of media and their link to time, experience, technology and social change. However, mediality is not yet a concept, since the description of the function of media as mediation and transmission has become an obstacle to achieve further developments. In light of these remarks, this paper proposes a theoretical arrangement that gives meaning to mediality by connecting the word into a network of concepts, such as social cognition, evolution, temporality, synchronization and double closure. In order to achieve this goal, the author designs a theoretical apparatus consisting of the self-referential coupling between N. Luhmann’s systems theory, H. von Foerster’s second order cybernetics, R. Harris’ integration linguistics, and A. Clark’s extended cognition. A consistent integration and interpretation of the sketched theory, allows us to draw the conclusion that in order to comprehend mediality, it is crucial to understand the relationship between information, double closure, social cognition and evolution, while questions regarding human cognition do not be to be involved; and if that should be the case, research should depart from the problem of the structural coupling between human and social cognition. View Full-Text
Keywords: mediality; media; time; temporality; social cognition; social evolution; double closure; communication; technology; synchronization mediality; media; time; temporality; social cognition; social evolution; double closure; communication; technology; synchronization
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Blanco Rivero, J.J. Mediality, Temporality, Social Cognition, and Evolution. Philosophies 2019, 4, 44.

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