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Busting out: predictive brains, embodied minds, and the puzzle of the evidentiary veil

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posted on 2023-06-09, 17:07 authored by Andrew ClarkAndrew Clark
Biological brains are increasingly cast as ‘prediction machines’: evolved organs whose core operating principle is to learn about the world by trying to predict their own patterns of sensory stimulation. This, some argue, should lead us to embrace a brain-bound ‘neurocentric’ vision of the mind. The mind, such views suggest, consists entirely in the skull-bound activity of the predictive brain. In this paper I reject the inference from predictive brains to skull-bound minds. Predictive brains, I hope to show, can be apt participants in larger cognitive circuits. The path is thus cleared for a new synthesis in which predictive brains act as entry-points for ‘extended minds’, and embodiment and action contribute constitutively to knowing contact with the world.

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Extended Knowledge; AHRC

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  • Published

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  • Accepted version

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Nous

ISSN

0029-4624,

Publisher

Wiley

Issue

4

Volume

51

Page range

727-753

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  • Philosophy Publications

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  • Yes

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2019-03-25

First Open Access (FOA) Date

2019-03-25

First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date

2019-03-22

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