These days, there is general consensus that the connection between body and mind is real and significant. Yet we are still looking for ways to understand what that connection is and how it works. An emergent systems perspective can help us reimagine the very nature of the body, the mind, and the connections between them. […]
“What is the mind?” Since the mind isn’t actually a thing, this is more of a philosophical question than a scientific one. However it’s a very tricky question, even for a philosopher. Perhaps a better (as in more useful) question to ask is “What does the mind do?” According to Ralph Barton Perry, a 20th […]
From the representation of individual words as concepts to collective words as sentences, there are patterns in the ways we understand language that transcend the organization of individual languages. One of the new insights emerging about human brain function … is that individual concepts have identifiable neural signatures … [and] that there is a high […]
It’s a cup of coffee. But how does my brain know that this is a cup of coffee? … In a way, it’s hard to even understand what the question is because this comes so naturally to us, right? We just look at something and we have this integrated perception of a cup of coffee. […]
| Seeing, agreeing, being & believing as different levels of cognition | Eye: A bodily organ that senses visual information Perception as the processing of physical sensations (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, etc.) Aye: A sound used to indicate positive sentiment Association as the processing of perceived relationships (positive / negative; same / different; if […]
Language is an important aspect of human cognition. We could even say that human cognition is defined by language. But what makes language such an effective cognitive utility? The answer could be words and the multipurpose ways in which we use them. As the foundation of language, words are also foundational elements of cognition. The […]
By describing cognitive representations as images, we can illustrate how the mind may work as an emergent system.