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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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Supersizing the Mind

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The EXTENDED model claims that human cognitive processing may at times loop into the environment surrounding the organism. In contrast, a more conservative view is that certain cognitive processes lean heavily on environmental structures and scaffoldings but do not thereby include those structures and scaffoldings themselves. This chapter argues that the conservative view threatens to obscure much that is of value and that a robust notion of cognitive extension thus earns its keep as part of the emerging picture of the active embodied mind. To make this case, the chapter begins by sketching some general responses to the worries that motivate the more conservative view. It then presents some new examples and arguments that aim to flesh out the skeleton responses and to illuminate further the nature and importance of cognitive extension itself.

Keywords:   mind, EXTENDED, environmental structures, cognitive process, self-stimulation, coupling

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