Mind & Life 1: Biogenic Approaches

We now start to approach the Mind and Life perspective.  We start by motivating a Biogenic, rather than Anthropocentric, perspective on cognition.  Louise Barrett is quite good here, and be aware that this article is addressed to behaviourists.  You may have already read this when we discussed “embodiment”.

*Barrett, L. (2015). Why Brains Are Not Computers, Why Behaviorism Is Not Satanism, and Why Dolphins Are Not Aquatic Apes. The Behavior Analyst, 1-15.

(This makes a similar point. Lyon, Pamela, and Fred Keijzer. “The human stain.” in Wallace, B., Ross, A., Davies, J. and Anderson, T. (eds)  The Mind, the Body and the World: Psychology after Cognitivism (2007) Imprint Academic. 132-165.)

*Then I suggest turning to Marek McGann’s informal and brief introduction to the core concepts of enaction.

Then a rather more fleshed out introduction is provided here:

*Froese, T. & Di Paolo, E. A. (2011). The Enactive Approach: Theoretical Sketches From Cell to Society. Pragmatics & Cognition, 19(1): 1-36

And here is one more article that covers a lot of ground, spanning the topics of this week and next:

*Cummins, F. and De Jesus, P. (2016) The loneliness of the enactive cell: towards a bio-enactive framework. Adaptive Behavior, 24(3), 149-159.