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in The extended self
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This part explains the prime importance of the human body in spatial cognition and human perception, as propounded by both Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michael Polanyi. Related discoveries by neuroscientists of the complex workings of the mind, such as 'body mapping,' 'peripersonal space' and 'mirror neurons,' are described which verify Merleau-Ponty's and Polanyi's earlier theories of embodied cognition. The flexibility of peripersonal space and its ability to absorb personal objects especially supports Polanyi's theory of tacit knowing.

The extended self

Architecture, memes and minds


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