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The Embodied MindCognitive Science and Human Experience$
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Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262529365

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262529365.001.0001

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A Fundamental Circularity: In the Mind of the Reflective Scientist

A Fundamental Circularity: In the Mind of the Reflective Scientist

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(p.3) 1 A Fundamental Circularity: In the Mind of the Reflective Scientist
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The Embodied Mind
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Francisco J. Varela

Evan Thompson

Eleanor Rosch

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262529365.003.0001

This chapter describes cognitive science. In its widest sense, the term cognitive science is used to indicate that the study of mind is in itself a worthy scientific pursuit. At this time, cognitive science is not yet established as a mature science. It does not have a clearly agreed upon sense of direction and a large number of researchers constituting a community. Rather, it is really more of a loose affiliation of disciplines than a discipline of its own. Interestingly, an important pole is occupied by artificial intelligence—thus, the computer model of the mind is a dominant aspect of the entire field. The other affiliated disciplines are generally taken to consist of linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, sometimes anthropology, and the philosophy of mind. Each discipline would give a somewhat different answer to the question of what is mind or cognition, an answer that would reflect its own specific concerns.

Keywords:   cognitive science, artificial intelligence, mind, linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, cognition

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