The Extended Mind: Hack

10th March 2018 (11am)

Join us and the MA Art and Science students from Central Saint Martins to examine THE EXTENDED MIND through lectures and brainstorming sessions.

“The objects we perceive in our surroundings – cities, villages, fields, woods – bear the mark of having been worked on by man. It is not only in clothing and appearance, in outward form and emotional makeup that men are the products of history. Even the way they see and hear is the inseparable from the social life process, as it has evolved over the millennia. The facts, which our senses present to us, are socially preformed in two ways: through the historical character of the object perceived and through the historical character of the perceiving organ.” Max Horkheimer

In their seminal 1998 paper The Extended Mind, philosophers Andy Clark and David J Chalmers asked “Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin?” We will kick off this theme, with an intensive one-day event / hack consisting of introducationary lectures examining cognition, and a workshop to start exploring its role for the extended mind.

Lectures will cover the following:

  • The Central Nervous System: From Micro to Macro
  • Senses and Cognition
  • Perception, Action and Memory (embodiment, mindfulness, etc)

Reading:

  • Andy Clark & David Chalmers: The Extended Mind
  • Menary, Richard, ed. The Extended Mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.
  • Adams, Frederick & Aizawa, Ken. The Bounds of Cognition. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2009.
  • Clark, Andy. Being There: Putting Brain, Body and World Together Again. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997.
  • Haugeland, John. “Mind Embodied and Embedded.” In Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998.
  • Rowlands, Mark. Externalism: Putting Mind and World Back Together Again. Chesham, Buckinghamshire: Acumen, 2003.
  • Rupert, Robert. Cognitive Systems and the Extended Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.