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Unformatted text preview: 11/29/11 Clark’s two missions StM book symposium 1.  Embodied, environmentally embedded cogni:ve science 2.  The Hypothesis of Extended Cogni:on Philosophical Transac:ons on ­line journal Embodied, environmentally embedded cogni:ve science •  Informa:on self ­structuring –  embodied agents structure their own informa:on flows in ways that support richer forms of adap:ve and cogni:ve success. •  Cogni:ve niche construc:on Rupert’s posi:on The Hypothesis of Extended mind 1.  The Parity Principle 2.  Func:onal systems create genuine mental states 3.  Real ­world extended systems can be profitably analyzed as unified cogni:ve wholes Hippo ­world •  Embedded is enough •  Clark is really talking about internal processes and representa:ons anyway. •  The enduring “obligate” system is the right one to study •  this does not rule out rela:ons with material environment, they simply are not part of the “cogni:ve” system. 1 11/29/11 Moves that hide culture Diving Spider •  focus on “the environment”, rather than culturally constructed habitats. (Sterelny) Wheeler •  parity principle –  If, as we confront some task, a part of the world func:ons as a process which, were it to go on in the head, we would have no hesita:on in accep:ng as part of the cogni:ve process, then that part of the world is (for that :me) part of the cogni:ve process. (StM: 8) Where do we find a bench mark for parity? Is there no beYer defini:on of "cogni:ve"? •  This must be the wrong criterion. It grants to processes "in the the s •  the measuring s:ck against whead" hings tatus of hich t will be judged cogni:ve or not. This d as hat •  head. oes niot define cogni:ve he ­wead iis itn the But t does say that in ­t h s he gold ­ standard for par:cipa:on in cogni:ve systems. Extended not only t •  gives special status atssumes a center, n his principle o the center in a unmo:vated way. What’s really at stake? •  Folk intui:on? •  Theory laden account? •  Clark rejects both, so where can he get his “loca:onally uncommiYed account of the cogni:ve”? 2 11/29/11 The mark of the cogni3ve? •  The defini:on of cogni:on is not an empirical maYer, but it does have consequences • What makes something cogni:ve is not a maYer of where it happens •  It is not in the nature of the things themselves •  It is in the rela:ons among things •  In the organiza:on of the func:onal system The Hypothesis of Extended mind 1.  The Parity Principle 2.  Func:onal systems create genuine mental states 3.  Real ­world extended systems can be profitably analyzed as unified cogni:ve wholes 3 ...
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