The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience

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MIT Press, Nov 13, 1992 - Psychology - 328 pages
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The Embodied Mind provides a unique, sophisticated treatment of the spontaneous and reflective dimension of human experience. The authors argue that only by having a sense of common ground between mind in Science and mind in experience can our understanding of cognition be more complete. Toward that end, they develop a dialogue between cognitive science and Buddhist meditative psychology and situate it in relation to other traditions such as phenomenology and psychoanalysis.
 

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User Review  - Alex1952 - LibraryThing

This is a very "dense" book that would appeal to people a) with a lot of background in the philosophy of mind and b) looking for alternative approaches to those provided by western philosophy. However ... Read full review

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Contents

What Is Cognitive Science?
4
The Breakdown of Phenomenology
18
Experimentation and Experiential Analysis
31
Cognitivism and Human Experience
48
4
59
Momentariness and the Brain
72
5
85
Exeunt the Symbols
98
8
147
Cognition as Embodied Action
172
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185
Lessons from Evolution as Natural Drift
200
10
217
11
237
Appendix
255
Appendix C
256

Basic Element Analysis
117
Minding the World
130
Steps to a Middle Way
143

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Francisco J. Varela (1946–2001) was Director of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Professor of Cognitive Science and Epistemology, CREA, at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and Cofounder of the Mind and Life Institute.

Eleanor Rosch is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and author of Waking, Dreaming, Being.

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