Magic Words: How Language Augments Human Computation

  title={Magic Words: How Language Augments Human Computation},
  author={Andy Clark},
  • A. Clark
  • Published 6 August 1998
  • Psychology
Word power Of course, words aren't magic. Neither are sextants, compasses, maps, slide rules and all the other paraphernalia which have accreted around the basic biological brains of Homo sapiens . In the case of these other tools and props, however, it is transparently clear that they function so as either to carry out or to facilitate computational operations important to various human projects. The slide rule transforms complex mathematical problems (ones that would baffle or tax the unaided… 

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