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Disseminated Computation, Cognitive Domestication of New Ignorant Substrates, and Overcomputationalization

Department of Philosophy and Computational Philosophy Laboratory, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Conference Morphological, Natural, Analog and Other Unconventional Forms of Computing for Cognition and Intelligence, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2–6 June 2019.
Proceedings 2020, 47(1), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings47010029
Published: 7 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of IS4SI 2019 Summit)
Eco-cognitive computationalism considers computation in the context of following some of the main tenets advanced by the recent cognitive science views on embodied, situated and distributed cognition. It is in the framework of this eco-cognitive perspective that we can usefully analyze the recent attention in computer science devoted to the importance of the simplification of cognitive and motor tasks caused in organic entities by the morphological features: ignorant bodies can be domesticated to become useful “mimetic bodies”, that is to be able to render an intertwined computation simpler, resorting to that “simplexity” of animal embodied cognition, which represents one of the main qualities of organic agents. Through eco-cognitive computationalism we can clearly acknowledge that the concept of computation changes, depending on historical and contextual causes and we can build an epistemological view that illustrates the “emergence” of new kinds of computations, such as the one regarding morphological computation. This new perspective shows how the computational domestication of ignorant entities can originate new unconventional cognitive embodiments. I also introduce the concept of overcomputationalism, showing that my proposed framework helps us see the related concepts of pancognitivism, paniformationalism and pancomputationalism in a more naturalized and prudent perspective, avoiding the excess of old-fashioned ontological or metaphysical overstatements.
Keywords: domestication of ignorant entities; mimetic minds; mimetic bodies; eco-cognitive computationalism; morphology; overcomputationalism domestication of ignorant entities; mimetic minds; mimetic bodies; eco-cognitive computationalism; morphology; overcomputationalism
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Magnani, L. Disseminated Computation, Cognitive Domestication of New Ignorant Substrates, and Overcomputationalization. Proceedings 2020, 47, 29.

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