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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 Negotiable Body

The Negotiable Body

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(p.30) 2 The Negotiable Body
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Supersizing the Mind
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333213.003.0002

This chapter argues that human minds and bodies are essentially open to episodes of deep and transformative restructuring in which new equipment (both physical and ‘mental’) can become quite literally incorporated into the thinking and acting systems that we identify as our minds and bodies. This theme is pursued with special attention to the negotiability of our own embodiment. Three grades of embodiment are discussed: mere embodiment, basic embodiment, and profound embodiment.

Keywords:   mind, interface, incorporation, use, embodiment

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