Tag Archives: Andy Clark

From Neural ‘Is’ to Moral ‘Ought’

This talk takes its inspiration from Joshua Greene’s ‘From neural ‘is’ to moral ‘ought’: what are the moral implications of neuroscientific moral psychology?’ He says: “Many moral philosophers regard scientific research as irrelevant to their work because science deals with … Continue reading

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Talk: Intelligence and the Brain

What is ‘intelligence’? What is the brain actually doing? How is intelligence physically realised in the brain? Quite how the brain manages to achieve what it does remains elusive. It’s true that almost every day there are news stories that … Continue reading

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Scientific Creatures

In which I try to create a bigger picture of general intelligence by combining a number of different concepts. These concepts are: Ashby: W. Ross Ashby’s concept of ‘Intelligence Amplification’. Brooks: Rodney Brooks’s concept of the ‘Subsumption Architecture’. Clark: Andy … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Language

Any discussion of the origins of language evokes an image of cavemen sat around in committee, with an array of objects before them. Picking up a stone, the chairman asks – “onto the next item, what shall we call this?”. … Continue reading

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Talk: The Extension of Mind

It seems obvious to most of us that our minds are within our heads but some contemporary thinkers have other ideas. Can we extend our mind ‘beyond skin and skull’? Is it outside our heads already anyway? This talk examines … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Closed-Loop-Feedback for Sensorimotor Control

Rodney Brooks’s fashionable ‘the world is its own model’ idea obviates the traditional need for ‘representations’ within the mind. Rick Grush believes such representations are the basis of consciousness and reinforces ‘representation’ by drawing on ‘pseudo closed loop feedback’ (PCLF). … Continue reading

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