On the Codifiability of Knowledge: Technical Change and the Structure of Cognitive Activities

  • Pascal Petit


My method, my routine ? Heel the circle and then the hollow. Always put the ball so that the valve is turned slightly to the left, like that, and then lean the nose of the ball slightly towards the goal post to give more momentum. Take aim, calmly. Note the wind. Stand straight. The left foot barely touching the ball, the right just behind it. Visualise the kick. Eye and foot on the same line. Rub your hands. Take exactly four steps back. Stop. Check. Visualise. Then two steps to the left if it’s a Mitre ball like those we use in Bristol, one and a half if it’s a Gilbert ball at Twickenham. They need more control, although they go further. Imagine the feeling in your foot. If you tried to write down exactly, with absolute certainty, everything you do when you kick a ball between two posts, it would be impossible, you’d still be here in a thousand years. But you just need to have done it once and your body-and-mind have the exact formula, ready to be repeated. (interview with J.Webb, British journalist, quoted in Mangolte, 1997, our translation).


Expert System Knowledge Management Fault Diagnosis Technical Change Tacit Knowledge 
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  • Pascal Petit
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  1. 1.ParisFrance

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