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Extended Cognition and Empirical Evidence

Extending Cognition to Include Other Minds I’ve discussed extended cognition here previously and recently read a paper by Slaby & Gallagher that “extends the extension” to include other minds, specifically those involved in a community of scientific practice. This is reminiscent of Hardwig’s Epistemic Dependence  paper which discussed the implications of …

Radical Embodied Cognitive Science.

“Radical” is an understatement. This book isn’t just cognitive science with digital computers and no explicit symbolic thought. This is cognitive science via coupled oscillators — without even a hint of anything that could look like a predicate, a concept or even an explicit variable (Implicit variables are OK, since the …

Barbara Gail Montero’s Thought in Action

Thought in Action by Barbara Gail Montero is the dual of many of the books I’ve discussed on this site. Where the others could be characterized by “in contrast to our beliefs that the bulk of our daily lives consists of conscious activity, it is actually primarily unconscious”, her work …

C. elegans connectome

After finishing my last post  There’s Something Out There,  I reread The Connectome of a Decision-Making Neural Network by Travis A. Jarrell et al. , which I found dovetailed nicely with it — consider this a note added in proof From the abstract Here, we present the wiring diagram of the …

The Missing Piece(s)

In my last post, I was trying to unpack a bit of what we mean when we use the term conscious. My expectation was that this follow up post would be about an active, purposeful processes focussed and driven by emotion. Upon further consideration I’ve also come to the position …

In Theory, Mary Could Not Exist in Practice

Aka How important is it that our thought experiments plausibly reflect the developmental paths implicitly necessary for their postulates to hold? I was kicked into this train of thought after reading Berit Brogaard’s The status of consciousness in nature, which discusses the Mary in a room thought experiment and has …

The Consciousness Stack

When I was writing about Consciousness and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene,  I was struck by the question is it possible that impairments that we think of as impairments of consciousness, are actually impairments in some of these necessary preconditions which occur via preconscious/subliminal processes This is of special concern …

Pylyshyn’s Things and Places

Things and Places by Zenon Pylyshyn In keeping with my current goal of pushing the requirements for “conscious thought” down to an absolute minimum, I picked up (downloaded) a copy of Pylyshyn’s Things and Places. Pylyshyn is a long time vision researcher and this book serves as summary of his …

Review: Vibrant Matter Jane Bennett

As others have noted, Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter is a significant book — it’s what I was looking for when I started down the OOO path (which admittedly reflects more upon me than upon OOO or Vibrant Matter (VM)). VM is sort of the dual of OOO: whereas OOO is …