Cognitive bibliography departs from comparative study of published works. The tangent utilizes a model of other cross disciplines between cognitive science and various systematic topologies. Examples would be cognitive evolution or cognitive archeology. Cognitive bibliography can also be welcomed into cognitive humanities.
Cognitive science studies processes of the brain that transact perceptual experiences into useful concepts. Study of lithic technology of prehistory, for example, advances beyond a typology of products as a cognitive approach considers the knapper’s acquisition, practice and transmission of skills.
Cognitive bibliography then studies books as a conceptual strategy for transmission of knowledge. Attention is given to processes of knowledge formulation as implemented by books and to the interplay of mind and the physical display of ideas. Books are external products of internal concepts. They also offer another illustration of “exaptation”, or the mobilization of pre-existing capacity to new purpose.
A cognitive science approach to bibliography also mobilizes projections of the future of the book. Just as a cognitive approach works backward to decipher processes that result in past products, the same approach can be used to interpret emerging products such as screen display of books. Here we encounter the potent contextualization that cognitive science provides. Processes of hominid conceptualization, elaborating both slowly and suddenly, are persistent and recursive.
Cognitive science studies processes of the brain that transact perceptual experiences into useful concepts.That definition is also inverted by books. Books are perceptual experiences conveyed from useful concepts.
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A subspecialty of cognitive science is the evolution of language. Aside from all the component and interdependent features, an important utility of language is recursive meaning. A word is not used once. It takes on utility by use over and over. Recursive use gives the word meaning well as as a communication status. So the word starts to become the mediator itself.
The book is another such language-like mediator. Recursive use lends meaning and communication status and the physical medium enables transactions across time and cultures. It can also be mentioned that reliable and context rich recursive utility depends on a low rate of mutability.
Check out Cognitive Archeology and Human Evolution, Cambridge University Press, 2009.