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The Legacy of Francisco Varela

Here is a video piece commemorating a decade since Varela’s passing with some lovely footage of him speaking. Though it’s titled as part 1, I can’t find the subsequent parts and I can’t find anything on the associated website. BrainCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessEmbodied cognitionEpistemologyExtended MindFrancisco Varelaneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindqualiasocial epistemologyVarela

Mind in Life

I’ve just completed reading Evan Thompson’s Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind, a work which I heartily endorse as the best statement yet of the enactivist theory of mind. I especially like his taking on the philosopher’s zombie and his chapter on Empathy and Enculturation. Last, but by no means least,…

Embodied Economics

Here’s a freely available download of an article entitled “Embodied economics: how bodily information shapes the social coordination dynamics of decision-making” from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The article references many of the major embodiment theorists and refreshingly there is much on Hayek and of course The Sensory Order.