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Title: Cognitive Complexity and the Sensorimotor Frontier
Authors: Clark, Andy
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: "Cognitive Complexity and the Sensorimotor Frontier" for Joint Session of Mind and the Aristotelian Society, 2006, and to appear in the Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Session
Publisher: The Aristotelian Society and The Mind Association
Abstract: What is the relation between perceptual experience and the suite of sensorimotor skills that enable us to act in the very world we perceive? The relation, according to ‘sensorimotor models’ (O’Regan and Noe¨ 2001, Noe¨ 2004) is tight indeed. Perceptual experience, on these accounts, is enacted via skilled sensorimotor activity, and gains its content and character courtesy of our knowledge of the relations between (typically) movement and sensory stimulation. I shall argue that this formulation is too extreme, and that it fails to accommodate the substantial firewalls, dis-integrations, and specialpurpose streamings that form the massed strata of human cognition. In particular, such strong sensorimotor models threaten to obscure the computationally potent insensitivity of key information-processing events to the full subtleties of embodied cycles of sensing and moving.
Keywords: sensorimotor
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/1448
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