images do not think by themselves but they take part of an intelligent process
which is not reducible to human thought.
thesis of the book is quite ambitious but we can regret that it leave us
unconvinced. The argumentation is too light and not clear enough to win over.
This is due in part of the fuzzy vocabulary used. For instance we do not know
of which kind of intelligence Burnett refers about. We could deplore that when
he talks about perception and knowledge he focuses too much on the general
picture, where some details would be appreciated. And when he affirms that
"the ability to use and create images comes from an innate disposition
that humans have" (p. 9) that sound like a lapalissade which is not an
argument or as a thesis that must be supported furthermore. This feeling of
confusion comes from the fact that the author uses technical vocabulary taken
from cognitive science and philosophy and employs it outside its context, so
that it loses its meaning.
Image Think certainly does not have the last word in the reflection about
digital image and new technologies, it is however probably a book that every
one who wants to think about these questions has to read.
© 2004 Benjamin Sylvand
Benjamin Sylvand, student in
philosophy, working about the logic of concepts, at the Institut Jean Nicod
(CNRS-EHESS-ENS), Paris, France