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Andy Clark and His Critics$
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Matteo Colombo, Elizabeth Irvine, and Mog Stapleton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190662813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190662813.001.0001

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Quick’n’Lean or Slow and Rich?

Quick’n’Lean or Slow and Rich?

Andy Clark on Predictive Processing and Embodied Cognition

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(p.191) 14 Quick’n’Lean or Slow and Rich?
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Andy Clark and His Critics
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Jakob Hohwy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190662813.003.0015

Andy Clark’s exciting work on predictive processing provides the umbrella under which his hugely influential previous work on embodied and extended cognition seeks a unified home. This chapter argues that in fact predictive processing harbours internalist, inferentialist and epistemic tenets that cannot leave embodied and extended cognition unchanged. Predictive processing cannot do the work Clark requires of it without relying on rich, preconstructive internal representations of the world, nor without engaging in paradigmatically rational integration of prior knowledge and new sensory input. Hence, next to Clark’s image of fluid “uncertainty surfing” is an equally valid image of more emaciated and plodding world-modelling. Rather than underpinning orthodox embodied and extended approches, predictive processing therefore presents an opportunity for a potentially fruitful new synthesis of cognitivist and embodied approaches to cognition.

Keywords:   predictive processing, Bayesian inference, Markov blanket, extended cognition, enactivism, embodied cognition, representation

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