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Minds - Extended or Scaffolded

Sterelny, Kim


This paper discusses two perspectives, each of which recognises the importance of environmental resources in enhancing and amplifying our cognitive capacity. One is the Clark-Chalmers model, extended further by Clark and others. The other derives from niche construction models of evolution, models which emphasise the role of active agency in enhancing the adaptive fit between agent and world. In the human case, much niche construction is epistemic: making cognitive tools and assembling other...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Phenomenology and The Cognitive Sciences
DOI: 10.1007/s11097-010-9174-y


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