What is Cognitive Science

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


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

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