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Hubert Dreyfus

Obit here. Reports of my demise are not exaggerated. — Hubert Dreyfus (@hubertdreyfus) April 22, 2017 AICognitive sciencedistributed cognitionEmbodied cognitive scienceexistentialismHubert DreyfusMartin HeideggerphenomenologyPhilosophy of mindsituated cognition

Muay Thai

A dream of mine was finally realized when I made it to the headquarters of Muay Thai in Bangkok. As someone who has a longstanding interest in the martial arts and other combat styles (also via work on embodied and situated cognition), this was a treat indeed. With a ringside seat, I could witness all the…

Francisco Varela: Late Interview

I chanced upon this video of Francisco Varela, clearly his illness at an advanced stage. I’m not a Spanish speaker so the substance of the video is lost on me. If you don’t know who FV is, here is an obituary by one of his closest friends and collaborators, the very excellent Evan Thompson. Running the video’s…

Embodied Functionalism and Inner Complexity: Simon’s 21st-Century Mind

The second in a series of excerpts from Minds, Models and Milieux: Commemorating the Centennial of the Birth of Herbert Simon. Robert D. Rupert One can hardly underestimate Herbert Simon’s influence on contemporary cognitive science and empirically oriented philosophy of mind. Working with collaborators at Carnegie Mellon and the Rand Corporation, he wrote Logic Theorist and General Problem…

Art and Human Nature

New book from Alva Noë. Our lives are structured by organized activities, in the large, in the small. Our lives are one big complex nesting of organized activities at different levels and scales. Talking, walking, eating, perceiving, driving. We are always captured by structures of organization. This is our natural, indeed our biological, condition. It is…

The Philosophy of Dance

Here’s a new entry to the SEP. The photos below are of my favourite dancer of all time — the one and only Sylvie Guillem. I’ve heard that she’s been criticized because she came from a gymnastics background. Sour grapes really just because she pushed the bounds . . . because she could. She was…

Enactive Torch Helps The Blind To ‘See’ Without Canes

Great to see the enactive torch going through its paces — co-developed by the very excellent Tom Froese. Stay tuned for Tom’s review of Dan Hutto and Erik Myin’s Radicalizing Enactivism: Basic Minds without Content to appear in the Journal of Mind and Behavior.  daniel huttoEmbodied cognitionEmbodied cognitive scienceEnactive Torchenactivismerik myinRadicalizing Enactivismsituated cognitionTom Froese