The Embodied Mind

Cognitive Science and Human Experience

The Embodied Mind provides a unique, sophisticated treatment of the spontaneous and reflective dimension of human experience. The authors argue that only by having a sense of common ground between mind in Science and mind in experience can our understanding of cognition be more complete. Toward that end, they develop a dialogue between cognitive science and Buddhist meditative psychology and situate it in relation to other traditions such as phenomenology and psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. A 1 Fundamental Circularity: In the Mind of the Reflective Scientist
  4. 2. What Do We Mean "Human Experience"?
  5. 3. Symbols: The Cognitivist Hypothesis
  6. 4. The I of the Storm
  7. 5. Emergent Properties and Connectionism
  8. 6. Selfless Minds
  9. 7. The Cartesian Anxiety
  10. 8. Enaction: Embodied Cognition
  11. 9. Evolutionary Path Making and Natural Drift
  12. 10. The Middle Way
  13. 11. Laying Down a Path in Walking
  14. Appendix A Meditation Terminology
  15. Appendix B Categories of Experiential Events Used in Mindfulness/Awareness
  16. Appendix C Works on Buddhism and Mindfulness/Awareness
  17. Notes
  18. References
  19. Index