Where’s the Action?
Cognitive science is witnessing a pragmatic turn away from the traditional representation-centered framework of cognition toward one that focuses on understanding cognition as being “enactive.” The enactive view holds that cognition does not produce models of the world but rather subserves action, as it is grounded in sensorimotor skills. Results from this Ernst Strüngmann Forum suggest that strong conceptual advances are possible when cognition is framed by an action-oriented paradigm. Experimental evidence from cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, robotics, and philosophy of mind supports this position. This chapter provides an overview to the discourse surrounding this collaborative effort. Core topics which guided this multidisciplinary perusal are identified and challenges that emerged are highlighted. Action-oriented views from a variety of disciplines have started to cross-fertilize, thus promoting an integration of concepts and creating fertile ground for a novel theory of cognition to emerge.
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