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Extended Cognition and Extended Consciousness

Dr. David Chalmers

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

New York University, Department of Philosophy) (NOTE: The location of this talk has been revised to the Busch Student

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The extended mind thesis holds that mental states and processes can extend beyond the skin and the skull to be partly constituted by elements of the environment that play in active causal role in a cognitive system. For example, a smartphone might serve as a part of one's memories and partly constitute one's beliefs. I will discuss the case for extended cognitive states (such as extended memory and belief) and for extended consciousness (such as extended perceptual experiences). I will argue that there is extended cognition but there is not extended consciousness.

Dr. David Chalmers