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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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Action-Oriented Cognition and Its Implications

Action-Oriented Cognition and Its Implications

Contextualizing the New Science of Mind

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The Pragmatic Turn

Tony J. Prescott

Paul F. M. J. Verschure

The MIT Press

The action-oriented paradigm in cognitive science is emerging alongside a broader movement toward a more contextualized, pragmatic, and socially distributed science. This synergy between the view of the mind as practice and the practice of the science of mind bodes well for the development of a new, robust, and socially useful understanding of human experience through which scientific insights can connect with broader intellectual traditions and refocus on societal impact as opposed to impact factors. Through its emphasis on action, the paradigm is well-suited to address real-world problems while advancing fundamental understanding. This chapter explores promising domains in which applications of the action-oriented view are being pursued, including biomimetics, enactive approaches to design, and immersive technologies. Research that has real-world impacts entails social risk; therefore, to be ethical, research in action-oriented cognition should be performed openly and in dialog with the wider public.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, action-oriented cognition, biomimetics, cognitivism, enactivism, ethical science

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