Stonecipher Lecture set for Tuesday, Nov. 18

“The Mind is Not the Head, or Are We Really Natural Born Cyborgs?” will be the topic of this year’s Stonecipher Lecture, set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Tennessee Tech University’s Derryberry Auditorium.

Kenneth J. Knoespel, an expert on visualization in science, mathematics and architecture, will give the presentation.

“Recent work in cognitive science argues that thinking should not be approached as a process isolated in a single brain. Instead, cognition should be thought of as distributed within the settings in which we find ourselves,” Knoespel said.

“While questions posed by this research challenge common notions of creativity, invention, and even the human spirit, it also has enormous impact on our ideas of technology,” he continued.

After commenting on recent work in cognitive science, Knoespel will discuss the challenge of this research on the way we think about technology. In addition to asking how we think with artifacts and the networks they create, he will look at the ways digital technologies and digital media function within a world of distributed cognition.

Knoespel is the McEver Professor of Engineering and the Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech, where he is also chairman of the School of Literature, Communication and Culture.
He has published widely on visualization and science studies and has most recently taught a graduate seminar in Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture devoted to the design, morphology and future of museums.

Work from that seminar has been presented in Greece, Italy, France, England and Denmark.

In addition to recent work on cognition and visual practice in mathematics and architecture, Knoespel has worked on problems of ambiguity within the natural and human sciences.

He has worked closely with universities in Europe, as well as Russia, and is currently completing a project concerned with cities and landscape on the Baltic Sea. He
At Georgia Tech, Knoespel has also participated in the development of undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on emergent digital media.

He was a founding editor of Configurations: A Journal for Literature, Science and Technology, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

He has held research appointments at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Russian Academy of Science.

Knoespel earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago, where he has also taught. Other institutions where he has taught include the University of Uppsala, Cornell University, Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola in Karlskrona, Sweden, and the Russian Academy of Science.

The Stonecipher Lecture, which is free and open to the public, was created to fund the appearance of leading social scientists such as Knoespel to speak about the interrelationship between science and contemporary society.

Harry Stonecipher, a 1960 TTU physics graduate, is the former president and chief operating officer of The Boeing Co. and worked for major industrial firms including General Motors, General Electric, Sundstrand and McDonnell Douglas.

For more information about this year’s Stonecipher Lecture, call TTU’s College of Arts and Sciences at 931/372-3119.