Doing Your Mind

Research, comments and musings about active minds.

Moral affordances

I’ve just finished reading the young adult novel The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, which is a superb if sometimes infuriating read. The details of the plot aren’t too important for our present purposes, but a central component of the book is the protagonist Todd Hewitt’s relationship with the eponymous blade. Not […]

Enaction School 2010

5th Enaction Summer School – 27th June-3rd July 2010 Ballykisteen, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. http://www.enactionschool.com The enaction summer schools are a series of annual summer events organised with the aim of developing the enactive approach toward maturity as a full paradigm for Cognitive Science. The schools seek to contribute to the enrichment of theoretical accounts and […]

Coma, Consciousness and Sensorimotor Scepticism

The BBC have an article and video about Rom Houben, a Belgian man who was misdiagnosed as being in a coma for 23 years, but for that entire time claims to have been normally conscious. Aaron Sloman has made the point on the PHILOS-L mailing list that this case challenges any sensorimotor theory of consciousness, […]

Representation in oscillations

I’ve just started reading György Buzsáki’s (2006) Rhythms of the Brain, which looks very promising. The book is an examination of the brain as a set of oscillators (at the neuron and neuron-group levels – he points out that there are many forms of periodicity in the brain and central nervous system that he was […]

Text creole?

Sunday morning, a couple of weeks ago, I was listening to a radio show in which they had a discussion about the communication skills of young people today. All of the discussants were men, none of them young, and were making fairly typical complaints about the inability of young people to express themselves clearly or […]

Getting our labels straight.

The word “enaction” has seen a much greater success and more widespread appearance in the literature than the enactive approach itself. This serves as a source of potential confusion for people getting acquainted with these ideas in the first place, as they read one renowned author discuss their enactive account of perception (Noë, 2005), before […]

Relativity versus selectivity in the enactive approach

Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly found, given, and transmitted from the past. While reading Harry Heft’s Ecological Psychology in Context I came across this quotation by Marx. The gist of this […]

Doing what, now?

The Doing Your Mind website is intended to become an introduction to enactive thinking that is not only general but, with some luck, interesting and maybe even persuasive. I have no such high aspirations for the blog. This forum, I’m afraid, will be my almost entirely uneditted musings, opinions, beliefs, blusterings and other eruptions on […]

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