Andy ClarkPh.D., Author, Prof. of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Andy Clark, DPhil, FRSE, is Professor of Logic and Metaphysics and Head of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Before this he was director of the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University in Bloomington. Previously, he taught at Washington University at St. Louis and the University of Sussex in England.

Andy is one of the founding members of the Contact collaborative research project whose aim is to investigate the role environment plays in shaping the nature of conscious experience. His papers and books deal with the philosophy of mind and he is considered a leading scientist in mind extension. He has also written extensively on connectionism, robotics, and the role and nature of mental representation.

He is on the Editorial Boards of Connection Science and Minds and Machines.

Andy is perhaps most famous for his defence of the hypothesis of the Extended mind. He has discovered that the dynamic loops through which mind and world interact are not merely instrumental. The cycle of activity that runs from brain through body and world and back again actually constitutes cognition. The mind, on this account, is not bounded by the biological organism but extends into the environment of that organism.

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