Being There

Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface: Deep Thought Meets Fluent Action
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Groundings
  4. Introduction: A Car with a Cockroach Brain
  5. 1. Autonomous Agents: Walking on the Moon
  6. 2. The Situated Infant
  7. 3. Mind and World: The Plastic Frontier
  8. 4. Collective Wisdom, Slime-Mold-Style
  9. 5. Evolving Robots
  10. 6. Emergence and Explanation
  11. 7. The Neuroscientific Image
  12. 8. Being, Computing, Representing
  13. 9. Minds and Markets
  14. 10. Language: The Ultimate Artifact
  15. 11. Minds, Brains, and Tuna: A Summary in Brine
  16. Epilogue: A Brain Speaks
  17. Notes
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index