Embodied minds
in The extended self
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This chapter follows the new thinking and discoveries of leading researchers in the field of neuroscience. Some of whom have been motivated by the belief that a full understanding of the self and consciousness will come about only from a broadening of the cognitive and neurosciences to encompass the phenomenology of human experience. It discusses some of the specific and important discoveries in the latter field. Many of these discoveries which lend empirical support to Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michael Polanyi's speculations, particularly those concerning the spatial and social extensions of the self. It deals with aspects of a Buddhist thought on the fragmentation of the self that have influenced one major group of researchers, along with Merleau-Ponty's works. The chapter concludes by positing an alternative and psychologically more realistic concept of the self expressed as a 'field of being,' centered upon the human body.

The extended self

Architecture, memes and minds


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