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Whence the autonomy?: A response to Harnad and Dror

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The internalist (computational) account of cognition is questioned and the explanatory power of the biology of cognition in resolving epistemological issues is emphasized. It is argued that, far from being an autonomous activity within the brains of cognizers which generates input/output capacity and can be auditioned by the Turing Test, cognition is a function of living systems as unities of interactions that exist in an environment in structural coupling. Therefore, it is distributed.

Keywords: autonomy; behavior; distributed cognition; environment; structural coupling

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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