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The Embodied Mind : Cognitive Science and Human Experience - Francisco J. Varela

The Embodied Mind

Cognitive Science and Human Experience

Paperback Published: 13th November 1992
ISBN: 9780262720212
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"The Embodied Mind "provides a unique, sophisticated treatment of the spontaneous and reflective dimension of human experience. The authors argue that only by having a sense of common ground between mind in Science and mind in experience can our understanding of cognition be more complete. Toward that end, they develop a dialogue between cognitive science and Buddhist meditative psychology and situate it in relation to other traditions such as phenomenology and psychoanalysis.

"Our concern is to open a space of possibilities in which the circulation between cognitive science and human experience can be fully appreciated and to foster the transformative possibilities of human experience in a scientific culture." the authors " The Embodied Mind is a thoroughly original integration of cognitive science, continental philosophy, and Buddhist thought, and in its transpersonal dimension, rather beautiful." Gordon G. Globus , M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Philosophy, University of California, Irvine "An important book with wideranging implications for the construction of subjectivity in the Western tradition. Moreover, it is engagingly written, presenting difficult ideas and complex research programs with grace, lucidity, and style. N. Katherine Hayles , American Book Review

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Departing Ground
Fundamental Circularity: In the Mind of the Reflective Scientist
An Already-Given Condition
What Is Cognitive Science?
Cognitive Science within the Circle
The Theme of This Book
What Do We Mean "Human Experience"?
Science and the Phenomenological Tradition
The Breakdown of Phenomenology
A Non-Western Philosophical Tradition
Examining Experience with a Method: Mindfulness/Awareness
The Role of Reflection in the Analysis of Experience
Experimentation and Experiential Analysis
Varieties of Cognitivism
Symbols: The Cognitivist Hypothesis
The Foundational Cloud
Defining the Cognitivist Hypothesis
Manifestations of Cognitivism
Cognitivism in Artificial Intelligence
Cognitivism and the Brain
Cognitivism in Psychology
Cognitivism and Psychoanalysis
Cognitivism and Human Experience
Experience and the Computational Mind
The I of the Storm
What Do We Mean by "Self"?
Looking for a Self in the Aggregates
Forms
Feelings/Sensations
Perceptions/Impulses
Dispositional Formations
Consciousnesses
Momentariness and the Brain
The Aggregates without a Self
Varieties of Emergence
Emergent Properties and Connectionism
Self-Organization: The Roots of an Alternative
The Connectionist Strategy
Emergence and Self-Organization
Connectionism Today
Neuronal Emergences
Exeunt the Symbols
Linking Symbols and Emergence
Selfless Minds
Societies of Mind
The Society of Object Relations
Codependent Arising
Basic Element Analysis
Mindfulness and Freedom
Selfless Minds
Divided Agents
Minding the World
Steps to a Middle Way
The Cartesian Anxiety
A Sense of Dissatisfaction
Representation Revisited
The Cartesian Anxiety
Steps to a Middle Way
Enaction: Embodied Cognition
Recovering Common Sense
Self-Organization Revisited
Color as a Study Case
Color Appearance
Color as a Perceived Attribute
Where Is Color?
Color as a Category
Linguistic Aspects of Color
Color and Cognition
Color and Culture
Cognition as Embodied Action
Heideggerian Psychoanalysis
The Retreat into Natural Selection
Evolutionary Path Making and Natural Drift
Adaptationism: An Idea in Transition
A Horizon of Multiple Mechanisms
Linkage and Pleiotropy
Development
Random Genetic Drift
Stasis
Units of Selection
Beyond the Best in Evolution and Cognition
Evolution: Ecology and Development in Congruence
Lessons from Evolution as Natural Drift
Defining the Enactive Approach
Enactive Cognitive Science
In Conclusion
Worlds without Ground
The Middle Way
Evocations of Groundlessness
Nagarjuna and the Madhyamika Tradition
The Two Truths
Groundlessness in Contemporary Thought
The Lack of an Entre-deux
Interpretationism
Transformative Potential
Laying Down a Path in Walking
Science and Experience in Circulation
Nihilism and the Need for Planetary Thinking
Nishitani Keiji
Ethics and Human Transformation
The View from Social Science
Compassion: Worlds without Ground
In Conclusion
Meditation Terminology
Categories of Experiential Events Used in Mindfulness/Awareness
The Five Aggregates (skandhas)
The Twelve-fold Cycle of Dependent Origination (pratityasamutpada)
The Processes of Mind (cittalcaitta)
Works on Buddhism and Mindfulness/Awareness
Therevada
Mahayana and Zen
Vajrayana
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780262720212
ISBN-10: 0262720213
Series: The Embodied Mind
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 13th November 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.44