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The old opposition of matter versus mind stubbornly persists in the way we study mind and brain. In treating cognition as problem solving, Andy Clark suggests, we may often abstract too far from the very body and world in which our brains evolved to guide us. Whereas the mental has been treated as a realm that is distinct from the body and the world, Clark forcefully ...more
Paperback, 1st edition Bradford Books, 292 pages
Published January 23rd 1998 by The MIT Press (first published November 30th 1996)
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Oct 24, 2008 Jacob rated it it was amazing
"Hey Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty!! So glad you were able to make it! Huh? You weren't invited? Eh, well, nevermind that. Let me grab you two some beers and introduce you to my good ol' buddy over here, anglo-american philosophy of mind."
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Back in my other life as a philosophy student, this book was what got me interested in cognitive science. Clark was at Washington University at the time, and I had grand plans for driving to St. Louis and stalking him until he took me on as a grad student. Thankfully for my arrest record, this never happened. But I still think he's an important theorist--his work stands right at the gap between the meat-stuff and the mind-stuff. This book in particular, which looks at the way we use "off-board" ...more
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Cogscigasm! This book might be even _more_ relevant now than when it was published 14 years ago, given how the border is blurring between our carbon-based brains and silicon-based exocortex. Sure, the interface is still a bit clumsy, but really--would you let anyone take away your smartphone other than prying it from your cold, dead fingers? Although Clark makes it clear that intelligence extends into the environment, he also argues quite convincingly that our physical bodies are intrinsic to ...more
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"Language is the ultimate artifact."

"What is displayed is just a specially tailored summary of the results of certain episodes of internal activity."

"The 'good ideas' emerged as the fruits of these repeated little interactions between me and various external media."

"I am not one inner voice but many."

"I consist of multiple mindless streams of highly parallel and often relatively independent computational processes."

"My single voice is no more than a literary conceit."

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Just re-read this in my phi. mind class. It's really good, and contains tons of examples of experiments with interestingly suggestive results.
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