The mindsized mashup mind isn’t supersized after all

Stuart, S.A.J. (2010) The mindsized mashup mind isn’t supersized after all. Analysis, 70(1), pp. 174-183. [Book Review]

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I rather like Andy Clark’s book, Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension, but it certainly hasn’t put my mind at rest. As always Clark’s writing is uncomplicated and energetic, managing to make everything, from the physiology of the moving body, through an analysis of the scaffolding role, he maintains is, played by language, to the strategic use of representation, computation and control by the biological brain, both intelligible and interesting. And I have a great deal of sympathy with his main thesis: that we must consider the whole body, rather than merely the brain, as the locus where sensing and acting are synthesized and through which cognitive systems can engage with their world. But still I find that I have a couple of rather fundamental reservations, alongside a number of ancillary comments that arise from my own puzzlement with some – of what can at first glance seem – disarmingly simple claims.

Item Type:Book Reviews
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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stuart, Dr Susan
Authors: Stuart, S.A.J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Analysis
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1467-8284
Published Online:28 September 2009
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in Analysis 70(1):174-183
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