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THE CONVERSATION: Feedback Structures, Ways of Knowing, and Neurodivergence

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This paper discusses communication as a community of feedback systems. Arguing that meaningful communication between human and non-human species is contingent upon first reconsidering human understandings of human consciousness and cognition, the author identifies axes of communication as perceiving-sensing, adjusting-processing, and responding-exchanging, beyond language. Drawing upon theories of enactivism and her work teaching media to neurodivergent students, the author proposes experimental time-based media as a useful model for communication between humans and the not-quite-fixed world of all things that exist, with or without categorization, and between those things themselves.
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Keywords: Autism; David Dunn; Enactivism; feedback; neurodivergent media; video

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: independent artist

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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