Thinking with Things (05-27-20)

Malafouris’ work highlights the psychological implications of the things that fill our world.  As he reports, “We think ‘with’ and ‘through’ things, not simply ‘about’ things. . . . to think and to feel, we need more than a brain. Brain regions work in concert, but they are never alone; rather, they are always parts of broader systems extending beyond skin and skull. . . . New artifacts create novel relations and understandings of the world. New materialities bring about new modes of acting and thinking. . . . The claim is that things actively participate in human cognitive life or that human thinking is better described as thinging. We think with and through things, not simply about things. In particular, for the material-engagement approach, withness and throughness take precedence over aboutness.. . . We create new things, embodied practices, and material cultures, which in turn make up our minds and constitute ourselves.”

Lambros Malafouris.  2020.  “Thinking as ‘Thinging’:  Psychology With Things.”  Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 3-8, DOI: 10.1177/0963721419873349