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Restoring to cognition the forgotten primacy of action, intention and emotion

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Abstract:

Introduction to Special Issue on ‘Reclaiming Cognition: The Primacy of Action, Intention and Emotion’. Making sense of the mind is the human odyssey. Today, the cognitive sciences provide the vehicles and equipage. As do all culturally shaped activities, they manifest crystallized generalizations and ideological legacies, many of which go unquestioned for centuries. From time to time, these ideologies are successfully challenged, generating revisions and new forms of understanding. We believe that the cognitive sciences have reached a situation in which they have been frozen into one narrow form by the machine metaphor. There is a need to thaw that form and move from a reductionist, atemporal, disembodied, static, rationalist, emotion- and culture-free view, to fundamentally richer understandings that include the primacy of action, intention, emotion, culture, real-time constraints, real-world opportunities, and the peculiarities of living bodies. These essays constitute an array of moves in that direction.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Cognitive Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. Email:nunez@cogsci.berkeley.edu 2: Email: wfreeman@SOCRATES.BERKELEY.EDU

Publication date: 1999-11-01

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