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Brain, body, and world are united in a complex dance of circular causation and extended computational activity. In Being There, Andy Clark weaves these several threads into a pleasing whole and goes on to address foundational questions concerning the new tools and techniques needed to make sense of the emerging sciences of the embodied mind. Clark brings together ideas and techniques from robotics, neuroscience, infant psychology, and artificial intelligence. He addresses a broad range of adaptive behaviors, from cockroach locomotion to the role of linguistic artifacts in higher-level thought.
Discusses new tools & techniques used to study the mind & brain, methodologies incl. robotics, linguistic artifacts.
|Preface: Deep Thought Meets Fluent Action|
|Introduction: A Car with a Cockroach Brain||1|
|1||Autonomous Agents: Walking on the Moon||11|
|2||The Situated Infant||35|
|3||Mind and World: The Plastic Frontier||53|
|4||Collective Wisdom, Slime-Mold-Style||71|
|Intermission: A Capsule History||83|
|6||Emergence and Explanation||103|
|7||The Neuroscientific Image||129|
|8||Being, Computing, Representing||143|
|9||Minds and Markets||179|
|10||Language: The Ultimate Artifact||193|
|11||Minds, Brains, and Tuna (A Summary in Brine)||219|