Arts 3091 Week 4 Post – Global Mnemotechnics

Before attending the lecture on Monday, I was quite confused about this week’s  topic “Global Mnemotechnics” as I really couldn’t think of the relationship between media, thinking and acting. Yet, one of the youtube videos “The Extended Mind Revisited” presented by David Chalmes (2009)has provided me some fundamental idea of the relationships. In his talk, Chalmes first mentioned that part of the environments can actually become part of our mind if they are coupled with our cognitive system (Chalmes, 2009). He gave an example of the iphone, describing that nowadays part of the world (especially the convergent media device) has turned into our extended mind. We used to rely on our convergent media device/tools to remember telephone, making notes etc. and the device/tools has extended and taken the role of our cognitive process (Chalmes, 2009). Yet, the same belief-desire explanatory structure can be applied to both actions that require biological thinking and actions that rely on our extended mind (Chalmes, 2009).

The other reading “Anamnesis and Hypomnesis” by Bernard Stiegler (n.d) has kind of extended the theory and provided me a clearer mind of the concepts. The development of mnemotechnology/cognitive technologies nowadays has not just turned into our extended mind, which support our objective memory and hence form the knowledge, but can also engender a loss of knowledge if we rely too much on them (Stiegler). If we rely too much on the apparatuses and services of our contemporary society for small tasks, we would become vain, as well as losing not only our “know-how” but our “know-how-to-live-well” (Stiegler).  The only thing remaining may only be consume blindly, a kind of impotence (Stiegler). For instance, if we always delegate the GPS to guide us automatically, we will easily loss our sensor-motor schema.


Chalmers, David (2009) ‘The Extended Mind Revisited [1/5], at Hong Kong, 2009’, <;

Stiegler, Bernard (n.d.) ‘Anamnesis and Hypomnesis: Plato as the first thinker of the proletarianisation’ <http://>



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