Tools Extending Human and Organizational Cognition: Revolutionary Tools and Cognitive Revolutions

By William P. Hall.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Summarises five cognitive revolutions in human evolution. The last three have been driven by revolutionary kinds of tools that have caused major changes in personal and organizational capabilities.

Keywords: Karl Popper, Michael Polanyi, Epistemology, Organization Theory, Autopoiesis, Technological Revolution, Personal Knowledge, Organizational Knowledge, Evolution

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.012MB).

Dr William P. Hall

Dr Hall began university in 1957 as a physics major, then transitioned to biology through biophysics (neurophysiology). As a biologist, his first interests were in ecosystems and the early evolution of life. His PhD research focused on systematics and the evolution and roles of genetic systems in species formation. He also spent two postdoctoral years studying epistemology and scientific revolutions. His physics and biophysics background exposed him to early generation computers. Dr Hall purchased his first personal computer in 1981, and was fascinated by the rapid evolution of computers and the impact of these new cognitive tools on humanity. Since 1981, Dr Hall was employed in computer literacy, software and banking industries, and since 1990, with one employer in the defence industry where he has held a variety of documentation and knowledge management roles throughout the lifecycle of Australia's largest defence contract. In 2001 Dr Hall started writing a book on technological revolutions on the coevolution of human cognition and tools for extending cognition and encountered a major need to reformulate organization theory and the theory of organizational knowledge. This theoretical framework is built on Karl Popper's evolutionary epistemology and Maturana and Varalea's autopoiesis. See:


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