Restarting the Cognition Futures Reading Group, April 21

Brief notes from Week One of our 2022 installment of CFRG

Discussion points & noted concepts

  • Cybernetics and the relevance of third-order cybernetics, or an approach to cybernetic regulation that takes the active participation of an observer into account.
  • Review of the 4 Es in (embodied, embedded, enactive, and externalized) CogSci. How are they talked about? What do they mean specifically? Remarks about niche construction, offloading, Andy Clark’s examples of notebook / amnesia
  • What empirical methods allow us to probe first person experience, and what methods allow us to observe interactions between a system state and observers of that system? How do we integrate these methods from across a wide variety of Cognitive Science subfields and analytical scales?
  • Do Depraz, Varela, and Vermersch address potential or preemptive critiques of their approach in a comprehensive manner?
  • Implementation possibilities. For example, how can we model or experimentally test the 4Es, or integrate experiences via third-order cybernetics into computational agents?

Varela’s Radical Proposal: How to Embody and Open Up Cognitive Science

Article Summary

Martiny on Varela’s Neurophenomenology

Martiny’s Conclusion

On Becoming Aware

Setting the table

An expected critique

See you next week!



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Jesse Parent

NSF Grad Fellow, Researching Embodied Intelligence — AI+CogSci. Program Lead @ Orthogonal Research and Education Lab. Founder @ JOPRO.