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The Pragmatic TurnToward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science$
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Andreas K. Engel, Karl J. Friston, and Danica Kragic

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034326

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034326.001.0001

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Consciousness in Action

Consciousness in Action

The Unconscious Parallel Present Optimized by the Conscious Sequential Projected Future

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The Pragmatic Turn

Paul F. M. J. Verschure

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This chapter outlines the historical cycle of the dominant views in the study of mind, brain, and behavior and the resulting trajectories taken in science. It discusses the grounded enactive predictive experience (GePe) framework, capturing contemporary science and philosophy of consciousness. It advances the hypothesis that consciousness is a necessary ingredient in a behavioral control architecture that has to solve action in a multi-agent world (the H5W problem). Using the distributed adaptive control theory, it shows how apparent heterogeneous approaches can be synthesized to gain greater understanding of a broad range of properties of mind and brain. As the “pragmatic turn” in cognitive science continues to be analyzed, it advocates a reorientation to the study of mind by returning to fundamental issues involved in consciousness.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, consciousness, action, distributed adaptive control, H5W problem, GePe framework

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