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Supersizing the MindEmbodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension$
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Andy Clark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333213.001.0001

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The Active Body

The Active Body

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(p.3) 1 The Active Body
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Supersizing the Mind
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Andy Clark (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333213.003.0001

This chapter focuses on some of the most fundamental ways in which appeals to the body, to the environment, and to embodied action may inform our vision and understanding of mind. The benefits enabled by the coevolution of morphology, materials, and control are considered. Related strategies of ‘ecological assembly’ in which embodied agents exploit the opportunities provided by dynamic loops, active sensing, and iterated bouts of environmental exploitation and intervention are discussed.

Keywords:   mind, active sensing, functional decomposition, coupling, sensorimotor dependencies

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