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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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Painting, Planning, and Perceiving

Painting, Planning, and Perceiving

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Supersizing the Mind

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‘Strongly sensorimotor’ models of perception state that perceptual experience gains its content and character courtesy of an agent's implicit knowledge of the ways sensory stimulation will vary as a result of movement. Perceptual experience, on such accounts, is said to be enacted. This chapter argues that despite the important role of embodied action both in information pickup and in initially tuning the circuitry that supports perceptual awareness, strong sensorimotor models end up tying the contents and character of human experience too closely to the fine details of human embodiment. In so doing, they fail to accommodate the substantial firewalls, disintegrations, and special-purpose streamings that form the massed strata of human cognition.

Keywords:   mind, human cognition, strong sensorimotor models, perception

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