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Extended cognition

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
EditorsT. Crane
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 2019


Extended cognition takes the idea that your mind is 'on' your smartphone literally. It says that human cognitive states and processes sometimes spill outside our heads and into objects in our environment. Alleged examples include not just smartphones, but also use of simpler technology (pencil and paper to perform a calculation), our own body (ticking off our fingers when we count), and other people (our spouse who remembers appointments so we don't have to).

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