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Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind

Publisher’s blurb: “How is it that thoroughly physical material beings such as ourselves can think, dream, feel, create and understand ideas, theories and concepts? How does mere matter give rise to all these non-material mental states, including consciousness itself? An answer to this central question of our existence is emerging at the busy intersection of…

Music and Alzheimer’s: Glen Campbell

There are two reasons to check out this documentary on Glen Campbell. First, is his going public about his cognitive decline. The trials and tribulations of Glen and his family will have resonance for anyone who has had experience of caring for a dementia sufferer. Cases such as these provide philosophical food for thought about personal identity and…

Outsourcing Your Mind

An interesting piece since it references literature beyond the canonical extended mind hypothesis. active externalismAndy ClarkArtificial intelligenceCognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessDavid ChalmersExtended MindExternalismphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mind

David Chalmers and Andy Clark Interview

This from the New Philosopher. Andy’s colleagues at Edinburgh in the epistemology department proposed the extended knowledge project, where you start thinking of knowledge as this extended process that involves interaction with the environment. I’ve been calling it stigmergic epistemology. active externalismAndy ClarkCognitionCognitive sciencecomplexityconsciousnessDavid ChalmersEmbodied cognitionExtended MindExternalismphilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mindsocial epistemologyStigmergy