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Entropy 2017, 19(7), 295; doi:10.3390/e19070295

Bodily Processing: The Role of Morphological Computation

Center for Philosophical Research, Warsaw 00-193, Poland
Received: 13 April 2017 / Revised: 10 June 2017 / Accepted: 19 June 2017 / Published: 22 June 2017
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Abstract

The integration of embodied and computational approaches to cognition requires that non-neural body parts be described as parts of a computing system, which realizes cognitive processing. In this paper, based on research about morphological computations and the ecology of vision, I argue that nonneural body parts could be described as parts of a computational system, but they do not realize computation autonomously, only in connection with some kind of—even in the simplest form—central control system. Finally, I integrate the proposal defended in the paper with the contemporary mechanistic approach to wide computation. View Full-Text
Keywords: embodied cognition; morphological computation; self-structuring information; body as reservoir; computational mechanism embodied cognition; morphological computation; self-structuring information; body as reservoir; computational mechanism
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