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A multidisciplinary perspective

following prerequisites must be simultaneously present: 1 A human need. 2 Such properties as render the thing capable of being brought into a causal connection with the satisfaction of this need. 3 Human knowledge of this causal connection. 4 Command of the thing sufficient to direct it to the satisfaction of the need (Menger, 1950, p. 52). Just focusing on the conditions for adoption, Menger distinguishes four elements, the first three of which we consider as constitutive for adoption: motivation, the objective properties of the good, and cognition. Since the fourth

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and Hughes, 1993), interaction analysis (Suchman, 1993) or distributed cognition techniques (Hutchins, 1995). The telecommunications industry has adopted the concern about HCI, human factors and usability which first emerged in computer hardware and software firms. This is partly due to the influence of the computer industry, as a result of the increased integration of computer technology and telephony. It is also partly due to the increasingly competitive environment in which telecoms firms are operating as a result of deregulation and privatisation, which have

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Association and distinction in politics and religion

visible symbols of the divine, in political structure or in art’. 6 Yet, at the same time, it is the human creation, not the divine infinite, which is accessible to human cognition and perception. Religion may be the word of God, but all its evident or accessible components are the construction of humans – a point made, and causing great offence, in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses . Since the divine can only express itself to humans in human form or to human perception, it can only ever be a human experience and communicated by human creation. The charge

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the conservatisation of the Centre and TZP1 4/25/2005 4:49 PM Page 29 The long march back 29 the social democratisation of the Right, the NSD conjures a totalitarianism of the mainstream. We have received our first hint of why I refer to this as the age of mainstreams. Mainstreaming signifies the contemporary closure of social cognition, value and action around conservatism. But because this process is less visible in some countries than in others, a politics of the mainstream may also offer the potential for reopening the social field. In order to unpack

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Where and when does the violence end?

with the human remains from its troubled past, whether potent or toxic, but we will frame our analysis with the re­cognition that Kenya’s problems with human remains of this kind are far from unique. We begin, therefore, with a wide-​ranging discussion of the politics of the dead in the context of museum collections generally, which we describe as a classic example of what is termed a ‘wicked problem’. We then move on to contextualise 16 16   Human remains in society the Kenya case, giving a detailed account of the human remains currently housed in the Osteology

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A sociology of the amateur

and bio-chemistry, sociology, psychology and sciences of cognition, and technical expertise. This shift of focus completely changes the nature of our accounts, and the status of major questions about quality. If we consider amateurs as our informants, instead of deciphering them with our theoretical preconceptions, these questions become difficult issues in their debates and experiments, instead of being dogmatic and definitive answers defended by each theory. Does one need others’ recommendations to like good products or to be sensitive to high quality? Do tastes

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Data becoming risk information

operable security information is generated from organisational processes. Laurent Bonelli and Francesco Ragazzi ( 2014 ), for instance, show the ongoing importance of paper-based memos to the functioning of French domestic intelligence services. Louise Amoore ( 2013 ; 2014 ) explains the ways in which information about the world is spun out by continual and emergent negotiations between human bodies, sense, cognition, and data

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A cognitive perspective

condense quality networks), integrative knowledge incorporates an adaptivity or flexibility to factor variations. According to the evolutionary approach (Nelson and Winter 2002: 29), ‘the basic behavioural continuity issue can be addressed in terms of skills, routines, learning and cognition’. The notion of routine provides the basic integrative knowledge that assures the feasibility (or the coherence) and the efficiency of the tasks that individuals and organisations have to perform, in a given framework but in variable contexts. The problem of behavioural continuity is

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Imaginaries, power, connected worlds

alphabetical script from the Levant are historical illustrations of the processes of transfer of cognition and communication. More deeply engaged societies can also undergo semantic and grammatical intermixing, cross-​ language fertilisation and appropriation, creative adaptation of words and concepts, and phonological transfer. It is rare for invasion and migration to not have an impact in spreading languages. The Arab tribes of the Fatimid and Abbasid Caliphates commemorated in Ibn Khaldun’s historical accounts are one example. A large example is the impact of Europe

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