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Jan 1998
ISBN 0262531569
308 pp.
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Being There
Andy Clark

"Clark's book is an excellent introduction to this new movement in cognitive science. It is clear, wide ranging, well informed, and full of fascinating examples. And, unusually, it manages to be both eminently sensible and highly provocative."
-- Margaret A. Boden, Nature

Brain, body, and world are united in a complex dance of circular causation and extended computational activity. In Being There, Andy Clark weaves these several threads into a pleasing whole and goes on to address foundational questions concerning the new tools and techniques needed to make sense of the emerging sciences of the embodied mind. Clark brings together ideas and techniques from robotics, neuroscience, infant psychology, and artificial intelligence. He addresses a broad range of adaptive behaviors, from cockroach locomotion to the role of linguistic artifacts in higher-level thought.

Table of Contents
 Preface: Deep Thought Meets Fluent Action
 Acknowledgments
 Groundings
 Introduction: A Car with a Cockroach Brain
1 Autonomous Agents: Walking on the Moon
2 The Situated Infant
3 Mind and World: The Plastic Frontier
4 Collective Wisdom, Slime-Mold-Style
5 Evolving Robots
6 Emergence and Explanation
7 The Neuroscientific Image
8 Being, Computing, Representing
9 Minds and Markets
10 Language: The Ultimate Artifact
11 Minds, Brains, and Tuna: A Summary in Brine
 Epilogue: A Brain Speaks
 Notes
 Bibliography
 Index
 
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