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The Extended Mind$
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Richard Menary

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014038

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014038.001.0001

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Memento’s Revenge: The Extended Mind, Extended

Memento’s Revenge: The Extended Mind, Extended

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The Extended Mind

Andy Clark

The MIT Press

This chapter analyzes the movie Memento and how the questions it poses is analogous with the essay “The Extended Mind.” The essay claims that mental states, including states of believing, could be grounded in physical traces that remained firmly outside the mind, as long as a few simple conditions are met. This chapter attempts to answer objections to this argument—especially those focusing on the contrast between the intrinsic content of neural symbols and the merely derived content of external inscriptions, those focusing on the demarcation of scientific domains via natural kinds, and those focusing on the ultimate locus of agentive control and the nature of perception versus introspection. This chapter begins the discussion through the presentation of the original argument from Clark and Chalmers.

Keywords:   mental states, states of believing, Memento, The Extended Mind, neural symbols, external inscriptions, nature of perception, introspection, Clark, Chalmers

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