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The Extended Mind and Religious Cognition

New paper from the very excellent Joel Krueger. See also Joel’s Empathy and the Extended Mind paper from a few years back along with other papers discussing this topic. One of the primary functions of religious texts — along with the different rituals and forms of worship constructed with them — is, precisely, to take over part of…

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Alternative Models of the Mind

The Spindel Supplement to The Southern Journal of Philosophy edited by Shaun Gallagher with top-notch lineup. Andy Clarkdaniel huttodistributed cognitionExtended MindExternalismMark RowlandsMichael Wheelerphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindShaun Gallaghersituated cognition


Varieties of externalism

Here’s a very useful close-grained conspectus sharing the same title of an earlier piece by Susan Hurley. Unsurprisingly, Hayek nor Simon are nowhere to be seen and surprisingly Heylighen et al are referenced. complexitydistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEpistemologyExtended MindExternalismFriedrich HayekHerbert SimonPhilosophy of mindsituated cognitionsocial epistemologySusan Hurley


The World Beyond Your Head

Reviews in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The National Review (interview) of Matthew Crawford’s The World Beyond Your Head.   True freedom requires that “the actor is in touch with the world and other people, in comparison to which the autistic pseudo-autonomy of manufactured experiences is revealed as a pale substitute.” — KIRKUS These points can all be left…


Extended Cognition, Trust and Glue, and Knowledge

Despite my (highly qualified) HEC commitments, I love reading people like Ken Aizawa (and Fred Adams) and others such as Rob Rupert who are really HEC’s best fiends. Yes, I said fiends (a nudge and a wink to Herzog’s superb documentary). These three are meticulous and fair critics, meticulous without ever resorting to point-scoring or being trivial.…