Being There Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again

ISBN-10: 0262531569
ISBN-13: 9780262531566
Edition: 1998 (Reprint)
Authors: Andy Clark
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Description: Exploring the idea that brain, body and world are united in a complex and extended computational activity, this book addresses foundational questions concerning the tools and techniques needed to make sense of the embodied mind.

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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/23/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Exploring the idea that brain, body and world are united in a complex and extended computational activity, this book addresses foundational questions concerning the tools and techniques needed to make sense of the embodied mind.

Andy Clark is Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex.

Preface: Deep Thought Meets Fluent Action
Acknowledgments
Groundings
Introduction: A Car with a Cockroach Brain
Outing the Mind
Autonomous Agents: Walking on the Moon
Under the Volcano
The Robots' Parade
Minds without Models
Niche Work
A Feel for Detail?
The Refined Robot
The Situated Infant
I, Robot
Action Loops
Development without Blueprints
Soft Assembly and Decentralized Solutions
Scaffolded Minds
Mind as Mirror vs. Mind as Controller
Mind and World: The Plastic Frontier
The Leaky Mind
Neural Networks: An Unfinished Revolution
Leaning on the Environment
Planning and Problem Solving
After The Filing Cabinet
Collective Wisdom, Slime-Mold-Style
Slime Time
Two Forms of Emergence
Sea and Anchor Detail
The Roots of Harmony
Modeling the Opportunistic Mind
Intermission: A Capsule History
Explaining the Extended Mind
Evolving Robots
The Slippery Strategems of the Embodied, Embedded Mind
An Evolutionary Backdrop
Genetic Algorithms as Exploratory Tools
Evolving Embodied Intelligence
SIM Wars (Get Real!)
Understanding Evolved, Embodied, Embedded Agents
Emergence and Explanation
Different Strokes?
From Parts to Wholes
Dynamical Systems and Emergent Explanation
Of Mathematicians and Engineers
Decisions, Decisions
The Brain Bites Back
The Neuroscientific Image
Brains: Why Bother?
The Monkey's Fingers
Primate Vision: From Feature Detection to Tuned Filters6
Neural Control Hypotheses
Refining Representation
Being, Computing, Representing
Ninety Percent of (Artificial) Life?
What Is This Thing Called Representation?
Action-Oriented Representation
Programs, Forces, and Partial Programs
Beating Time
Continuous Reciprocal Causation
Representation-Hungry Problems
Roots
Minimal Representationalism
Further
Minds and Markets
Wild Brains, Scaffolded Minds
Lost in the Supermarket
The Intelligent Office?
Inside the Machine
Designer Environments
Language: The Ultimate Artifact
Word Power
Beyond Communication
Trading Spaces
Thoughts about Thoughts: The Mangrove Effect
The Fit of Language to Brain
Where Does the Mind Stop and the Rest of the World Begin?
Minds, Brains, and Tuna: A Summary in Brine
Epilogue: A Brain Speaks
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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