Friday, October 8, 2010

Menary: Clark as the Originator of the Extended Mind

Near the beginning of the discussion, Menary bills Clark as the originator of the EM idea.  So, for at least some advocates of EM, perhaps, Gibson, Maturana & Varela, and Merleau-Ponty are not the originators.  Which probably goes to show some of the diversity of opinion in the EM world.  Or, it could just be that this discussion was intended to revolve around Clark & Chalmers' (1988), so that some extra praise for it is in order.


  1. Hi Ken,

    yes that's because the discussion was primarily about the extended mind as it is developed in the C&C paper and edited volume of the same name. In a short programme it wasn't possible to do an exhaustive account of all the influences on EM or varieties of EM.

  2. Hi, Richard,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I made the posts as I listened to the broadcast and that first comment was sparked, in part, by the common sense that EC is a relatively homogeneous and well-defined set of views.

    So, after listening to more of the broadcast, I had to go back and note the second disjunct.