Information Need and the Search for Meaning
1. Auflage 2018,
247 Seiten, Gebunden, HC runder Rücken kaschiert, Format (B × H): 158 mm x 239 mm, Gewicht: 546 g
Verlag: Springer, Berlin
Cole The Consciousness' Drive
The book is divided into three parts, each with an introduction and a conclusion that relate the theories and models presented to the real-world experience of someone using a search engine. First, Part I defines the exceptionality of human consciousness and its need for new information and how, uniquely among all other species, we frame our interactions with the world. Part II then investigates the problem of finding our real information need during information searches, and how our exceptional ability to frame our interactions with the world blocks us from finding the information we really need. Lastly, Part III details the solution to this framing problem and its operational implications for search engine design for everyone whose objective is the production of new knowledge.
In this book, Charles Cole deliberately writes in a conversational style for a broader readership, keeping references to research material to the bare minimum. Replicating the structure of a detective novel, he builds his arguments towards a climax at the end of the book. For our video-game, video-on-demand times, he has visualized the ideas that form the book’s thesis in over 90 original diagrams. And above all, he establishes a link between information need and knowledge production in evolutionary psychology, and thus bases his arguments in our origins as a species: how we humans naturally think, and how we naturally search for new information because our consciousness drives us to need it.
Weitere Infos & Material
1 Human Exceptionality: How We See Ourselves in Relation to the World.- 2 Framing - Lessons from Vermeer.- 3 Episodic Memory: Lessons from the Scrub Jays.- 4 Episodic Memory: Subjective Time-travel.- 5 Episodic-to-Mimetic Transition.- 6 Framing: The Mimetic-to-Mythic Transition.- 7 Framing: The Mythic-to-Theoretic Transition.- 8 Problem Set-Up: Minsky's Frame Theory.- 9 Individual Frame Level: Meno's Paradox.- 10 Group Frame Level: Information Avoidance.- 11 Nation Frame Level: The Dark Side.- 12 Solution: Opening the Information Loop: Constructing Information Channels.- 13 Solution: Belief-Begets-Knowledge: Definitions.- 14 Belief-based Information Search.- 15 The Model of the Consciousness' Drive: Information Need and the Search for Meaning.