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  1. Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again
    Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again
    Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again
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  2. Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again

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Brain, body, and world are united in a complex dance of circular causation and extended computational activity. In Being There, Andy Clark weaves these several threads into a pleasing whole and goes on to address foundational questions concerning the new tools and techniques needed to make sense of the emerging sciences of the embodied mind. Clark brings together ideas and techniques from robotics, neuroscience, infant psychology, and artificial intelligence. He addresses a broad range of adaptive behaviors, from cockroach locomotion to the role of linguistic artifacts in higher-level thought.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I'm ever grateful to Professor Hubert Dreyfus (UC Berkeley) for having given me this book to read, I believe, in hard back in 1997. It took me all the examples to really grasp what professor Andy Clark was driving at -- and even then, not entirely. I've recently bought a Kindle version of this book for a revisit. It is also the book I recommend to anyone who wants to know anything related to cognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, equipment design, system or organizational design. This is a comprehensible (and an always fresh) start for grasping Andy Clark's later works.
This book gets my 5-star rating because it made an excellent addition to my understanding of human life and cognition. Andy Clark is remarkably careful and balanced in his approach, while being totally readable and clear. The book is very well-documented, and his claims are firmly grounded in an argument that relies on few assumptions. He's tackling fundamental questions that are similar to those discussed by Daniel Dennet, but Clark's presentation is more careful and complete, while using an attitude that is far less strident.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand better the nature of the perceived boundary between individual person, cognition, language, and interaction, and the way these coevolve.

My highest rating.
I am reading Clark's book to learn how the understanding of mind, brain, and action has changed since I got a doctorate in cog. psych many decades ago. I am learning a lot from it. Being There clarifies several complex issues by, among other things, providing vivid examples.

My only criticisms are minor:
- About halfway through the book, it started to get a bit repetitive. I didn't need to be told again and again that perception and cognition are active and use the world as its own memory.
- There are a few errors. E.g., page 29 puts the area of high visual resolution (i.e., the fovea) at "0.01 percent" of the retina. It's 1 percent (0.01) of the retina, not 0.01 percent.
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