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Surfing Uncertainty Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

Any new book by Andy Clark is, so far as I’m concerned, a notable event. Clark speaks to a general audience without ever being condescending or very jargony and he has a superb turn of phrase. Here is a curtain raiser, a talk on the topic. actionAndy ClarkArtificial intelligenceCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessdistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmbodied cognitionExtended MindExternalismphilosophical…

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…