Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension

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Oxford University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Psychology - 318 pages
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When historian Charles Weiner found pages of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman's notes, he saw it as a "record" of Feynman's work. Feynman himself, however, insisted that the notes were not a record but the work itself. In Supersizing the Mind , Andy Clark argues that our thinking doesn't happen only in our heads but that "certain forms of human cognizing include inextricable tangles of feedback, feed-forward and feed-around loops: loops that promiscuously criss-cross the boundaries of brain, body and world." The pen and paper of Feynman's thought are just such feedback loops, physical machinery that shape the flow of thought and enlarge the boundaries of mind. Drawing upon recent work in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, robotics, human-computer systems, and beyond, Supersizing the Mind offers both a tour of the emerging cognitive landscape and a sustained argument in favor of a conception of mind that is extended rather than "brain-bound." The importance of this new perspective is profound. If our minds themselves can include aspects of our social and physical environments, then the kinds of social and physical environments we create can reconfigure our minds and our capacity for thought and reason.
 

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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

A detailed argument that the mind should be regarded as extending throughout the body and out into the wider environment. Includes what to my mind are expanses of social-sciences-style jargonistic ... Read full review

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Interesting material about the mind, and how it works within the body and even extends outside it. This book is useful for a number of projects I'm working on, but the writing style is highly academic ... Read full review

Contents

BOUNDARY DISPUTES
83
THE LIMITS OF EMBODIMENT
167
The Extended Mind
220
Notes
233
References
255
Index
277
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About the author (2008)

Andy Clark is Professor of Philosophy, Edinburgh University. Author of Being There, and Natural Born Cyborgs.

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