Pulverizing the Monopoly of Mind: Three Roles of the Body in Cognition

  • Akhil Kumar Singh IIT Jodhpur

Abstract

For many decades, cognition has been viewed as a computational process in the brain. For cognition, the brain, body and the interaction with the environment are important. Conventional views are inclined towards the existence of discrete and internal representations realised by highly specific mechanisms in the brain. The Embodied approach challenges this view and accepts the evolution of cognitive abilities.  There is a shift in focus from the belief that the brain is solely responsible for cognition to the thought that the body is somehow deeply integrated into cognition. However, it does not deny the central position of the brain in the process of cognition but opens the doors for other factors for integration. At the basic level, there are three ways in which an agent’s body can be utilised for the cognitive process. An agent’s body may help to generate, operate and distribute the cognitive processes. As a result, this approach tries to diminish the monopoly of the brain by taking into account the importance of the body and the environment for cognition.

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IIT Jodhpur, India

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Published
2019-01-01
How to Cite
SINGH, Akhil Kumar. Pulverizing the Monopoly of Mind: Three Roles of the Body in Cognition. Tattva - Journal of Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 1, p. 19-29, jan. 2019. ISSN 0975-332X. Available at: <http://journals.christuniversity.in/index.php/tattva/article/view/1861>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.12726/tjp.21.2.

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