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Constructing Religion without The Social: Durkheim, Latour, and Extended Cognition

Here is the intro to Matthew’s article: Where does thinking happen? The obvious and most common answer is “somewhere inside the head.” After all, this is where the brain is safely housed behind seven millimeters of protective armor. However, despite the instinctive appeal of this response, some theoretical camps have been willing to flirt with…

Embodied cognition is not what you think it is

Just published open access article from Frontiers in Cognitive Science. Also check out Mog Stapleton’s recent survey Steps to a “Properly Embodied” cognitive science and Rick Dale’s review of Tony Chemero’s Radical Embodied Cognitive Science. CognitionCognitive scienceEmbodied cognitionEmbodied cognitive sciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindsituated cognition

A brain in a vat cannot break out: why the singularity must be extended, embedded and embodied

Here is a pre-published version of Francis Heylighen’s paper from JCS Abstract: The present paper criticizes Chalmers’s discussion of the Singularity, viewed as the emergence of a superhuman intelligence via the self-amplifying development of artificial intelligence. The situated and embodied view of cognition rejects the notion that intelligence could arise in a closed ‘brain-in-a-vat’ system, because…

Substituting the Senses

Check out this essay forthcoming from the power team of Clark, Kilverstein and Farina. Sensory substitution devices are a type of sensory prosthesis that (typically) convert visual stimuli transduced by a camera into tactile or auditory stimulation. They are designed to be used by people with impaired vision so that they can recover some of…

Embodying the Mind and Representing the Body

Two papers of note from the special issue “The Body Represented/Embodied Representation” of Review of Philosophy and Psychology and one from the current issue: A Moderate Approach to Embodied Cognitive Science – Alvin Goldman Embodying the Mind and Representing the Body – Adrian John Tetteh Alsmith and Frédérique de Vignemont In Defense of Phenomenological Approaches to Social Cognition:…

Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception

New translation reviewed by Eran Dorfman Sixty-seven years after its publication in French and fifty years after its first translation into English, the long-awaited new translation of Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception has finally come out. This classical work famously grounds experience in the body, showing how the latter conditions perception and action in various domains such as…