Thursday, September 16, 2010

Philosophy TV on extended cognition: Kenneth Aizawa and Mark Rowlands

Kenneth Aizawa and Mark Rowlands on extended cognition at Philosophy TV:

Is your appointment notebook simply a helpful tool, or is it partly constitutive of your memory process? According to the extended mind thesis, the mind and its processes can and do extend beyond the brain. Rowlands defends a version of that view. Aizawa doubts that extended cognition ever actually occurs, although he grants that it is conceptually possible. In this conversation, they examine their disagreement, and discuss the importance of establishing a “mark of the cognitive” to resolve the debate.