The Living Thing / Notebooks : Embodiment

On the importance of including the restrictions of the human sensorimotor apparatus and developmental context in understanding our minds. (as opp assuming we function more or less like Turing machines or something)”

Or: “On the importance of giving bodies to things that are supposed to act like us.”

Or: “It’s easier to teach a robot to walk if it has legs.”

I think the leg thing is uncontroversial; Whether the abstractions used in our more obscure cognitive processes are constrained in a comprehensible way by the kind of experiences our bodies give us is… complicated. For an interesting (but infuriatingly overbearing) attempt to work this through, see LaJo99. For a less ambitious one see Clar87; although I don’t think think he ultimately says anything that would surprise a control system engineer.

To Read

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