Mind in Everyday Life and Cognitive Science

Mind in Everyday Life and Cognitive Science

by Sunny Y. Auyang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262011816

ISBN-13: 9780262011815

Pub. Date: 03/15/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

Although cognitive science has obtained abundant data on neural and computational processes, it barely explains such ordinary experiences as recognizing faces, feeling pain, or remembering the past. In this book Sunny Auyang tackles what she calls "the large pictures of the human mind," exploring the relevance of cognitive science findings to everyday mental life.

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Although cognitive science has obtained abundant data on neural and computational processes, it barely explains such ordinary experiences as recognizing faces, feeling pain, or remembering the past. In this book Sunny Auyang tackles what she calls "the large pictures of the human mind," exploring the relevance of cognitive science findings to everyday mental life. Auyang proposes a model of an "open mind emerging from the self-organization of infrastructures," which she opposes to prevalent models that treat mind as a disembodied brain or computer,subject to the control of external agents such as neuroscientists and programmers.

Her model consists of three parts: (1) the open mind of our conscious life; (2) mind's infrastructure, the unconscious processes studied by cognitive science; and (3) emergence, the relation between the open mind and its infrastructure.

At the heart of Auyang's model is the mind that opens to the world and makes it intelligible. A person with an open mind feels,thinks, recognizes, believes, doubts, anticipates, fears, speaks, and listens, and is aware of I, together with it and thou. Cognitive scientists refer to the "binding problem," the question of how myriad unconscious processes combine into the unity of consciousness. Auyang approaches the problem from the other end — by starting with everyday experience rather than with the mental infrastructure. In so doing, she shows both how analyses of experiences can help to advance cognitive science and how cognitive science can help us to understand ourselves as autonomous subjects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262011815
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/15/2001
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

1Introduction1
1The Emergence of Mind1
2The Openness of Mind13
2The Prevailing Theory of Mind and Its Discontents25
3How Mind Loses Its Body and World25
4The Closed Mind as Brain or Computer39
5The Control Power of Mind Designers59
6Mind Engaged in and Open to the World79
3The Emergence of Mind from It Infrastructures93
7Toward a Natural and Self-Consistent Model of Mind93
8The Mental Infrastructure: Locus of Cognitive Science102
9How Scientists Probe Infrastructural Processes123
10The Connection between Mind and Its Infrastructure135
11The General Notion of Emergence159
12Emergence of the Unity of Consciousness177
13Situated Properties and the Engaged-Personal Level196
4Language and Modularity: How Far Is Mind Analyzable?209
14Universal Grammar and Its Interpretations209
15Syntactic Competence and Its Infrastructure229
5Concepts in Perception: Making Things Intelligible243
16Two-Way Traffic in the Visual Infrastructure243
17Open, Closed, and Ecological Theories of Perception262
6Constructive Memory: Making Time Intelligible283
18More than Files on a Wet Disk283
19Giving Meaning to the Past and the Future298
7Emotion and Reason: Making Purposes Intelligible317
20From Bodily Feeling to Motivation317
21Impulsive and Cognitive Circuits Underlying Emotion327
8Mind Open to the World343
22How Is Intelligibility of the World Possible?343
23Intelligence, Consciousness, and Intentionality354
24Possibility: Opening the Informative Horizon368
25Perspectives and the Objectivity of Experiences388
26Subjectivity, Intersubjectivity, and Community421
27The Intelligible World: Everyday and Scientific443
28Language, Narrative, and Freedom of Action460
AppThe Human Brain477
Notes481
References489
Index509

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