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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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Exograms and Interdisciplinarity: History, the Extended Mind, and the Civilizing Process

Exograms and Interdisciplinarity: History, the Extended Mind, and the Civilizing Process

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(p.189) 9 Exograms and Interdisciplinarity: History, the Extended Mind, and the Civilizing Process
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The Extended Mind
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John Sutton

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014038.003.0009

This chapter aims to describe two compatible but distinct movements or “waves” within the literature of the extended mind hypothesis (EM) and to defend and illustrate the interdisciplinary implications of EM as best understood by sketching two case studies. Derived from functionalist information-processing cognitive science, EM focused on the ability of man to connect with external symbols or what Merlin Donald refers to as “exograms.” Exograms enable man to create cognitive profiles, unlike creatures that are restricted to the brain’s biological memories or “engrams.” According to Donald, exograms last longer than engrams, have greater capacity, are more easily transmissible across media and context, and can be retrieved and manipulated by a greater variety of means.

Keywords:   extended mind hypothesis, EM, interdisciplinary implications, information-processing cognitive science, Merlin Donald, exograms, engrams, cognitive profiles

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