By Michael Dawson, Brian Dupuis, Michael Wilson

From Bricks to Brains introduces embodied cognitive technological know-how and illustrates its foundational rules during the development and commentary of LEGO Mindstorms robots.
Discussing the features that distinguish embodied cognitive technology from classical cognitive technology, the e-book locations a renewed emphasis on sensing and performing, the significance of embodiment, the exploration of disbursed notions of keep watch over, and the advance of theories through synthesizing basic structures and exploring their habit. various examples are used to demonstrate a key topic: the significance of an agent's surroundings. Even basic brokers, resembling LEGO robots, are able to displaying complicated habit after they can experience and have an effect on the realm round them.
Michael Dawson is professor of psychology on the college of Alberta. Brian Dupuis as a learn assistant in psychology and Michael Wilson is a biology undergraduate, either on the college of Alberta.

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Hayles notes that one of the major implications of posthumanism is the resulting “systematic devaluation of materiality and embodiment” (p. 48). One of Hayles’ goals is to resist the notion that “because we are essentially information, we can do away with the body” (p. 12). One approach to achieving this goal is to explore the ideas in the new field of embodied cognitive science (Agre, 1997; Brooks, 1999; Clark, 1997, 1999; Gibbs, 2006; Pfeifer & Scheier, 1999). The theories of embodied cognitive science recognize that the individual can only be studied by considering his or her relationship to the environment, and that this relationship depends crucially upon embodiment (our physical structure) and situation (our sensing of the world).

1 Classical Control It is important to recognize that endorsing new ideas, such as the stigmergic control of cognition, does not require the complete abandonment of the representational theory of mind or of classical cognitive science. Indeed, stigmergy has a long history in prototypical models of higher-order human cognition. Classical cognitive science views cognition as information processing (Dawson, 1998). An explanation in classical cognitive science thus requires that researchers propose a cognitive architecture (Pylyshyn, 1984; VanLehn, 1991).

1 Intelligence and Stigmergy Stigmergy may explain how insects can be master architects, but still possess a lower intelligence than humans. It has certainly become an important concept in cognitive science and robotics (Goldstone & Janssen, 2005; Holland & Melhuish, 1999; Kube & Zhang, 1994; Sulis, 1997). However, researchers in cognitive science have been reluctant to apply stigmergy to explain the behaviours of higher organisms, including man (Susi & Ziemke, 2001). This is an important oversight.

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