Review of Varela et al. & Edelman

Dennett, Daniel C (1992) Review of Varela et al. & Edelman. [Newspaper/Magazine Article]

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Two books published within months of each other, each critical of the reigning family of working assumptions known as cognitive science, each calling for a more biological vision of the mind and even sharing a slogan: we must see the mind as "embodied". Is this merely a striking coincidence or perhaps a case of convergent evolution of scientific ideas? There are further striking similarities. Francisco Varela, the principle author of The Embodied Mind, is an immunologist-turned-neuroscientist, and so is Gerald Edelman, author of Bright Air, Brilliant Fire. Both books call for a biological counter-revolution to succeed the cognitive revolution, but neither are attracted to the even more radically revolutionary "quantum gravity" speculations of Roger Penrose.

Item Type:Newspaper/Magazine Article
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:268
Deposited By: Dennett, Daniel
Deposited On:14 Apr 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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