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

Andy Clark

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-753
JournalNoûs
Volume51
Issue number4
Early online date13 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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    Pritchard, D., Clark, A., Kallestrup, J., Carter, J. A. & Palermos, S. O.

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    1/01/1315/02/16

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