from our comrades (let’s hope they return to action soon) over at http://figureground.ca/
via Brad Younger (go check out his youtube channel)
“Shaun Gallagher argues that the extended mind hypothesis requires an enactive, neo-pragmatic concept of intentionality if it is to develop proper responses to a variety of objections. This enactive concept of intentionality is based on the phenomenological concept of a bodily (motor or operative) intentionality outlined by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty. The connections between this concept and recent embodied approaches to social cognition are explored.”
Whatever quibbles I might have with SG’s take on these matters a fleshing out of neopragmatism with an enactivist neurophenomenology (extended-mind-ing) is the way to go by my measure of things. Once you come to understand language uses as belonging to a family (think rhizome not tree) of the many human-animal actions than you can begin to map out a truly radical behaviorism. http://www.academia.edu/245547/Enactivism_Why_be_Radical
“Sociologists say the best way to describe human interaction in society is through the concept of role. In everyday life we play roles as student, teacher, parent, child, male female, employee, manager, etc. Arendt, on the other hand argues that humans have a unique capacity to act, which for her means to begin something new, like Occupy Wall Street, where people abandon their past roles and start over. Sociologists argue that if many humans acted in the way described by Arendt, it would ultimately mean the breakdown of society. Who is right in this argument? How do we decide? Do we use scientific verification procedures? Is this a matter of describing and reporting the facts or of reflexive analysis? Are there any ethical issues involved?”
this 80’s flashback goes out to friend of the blog and proud papa of his new book Tim Morton, even if you end up disagreeing with some or all of his proposals your thinking will be better for it.
the athleticism aside I don’t really get dance, not the doing but the spectating, and I’m sure that this aspect-blindness is a loss on my part but for folks who have eyes to see how does this strike you?