The Extended Mind : Andy Clark And David Chalmers Essay

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In their work, The Extended Mind, Andy Clark and David Chalmers present the extended mind hypothesis to argue against the idea of the mind consisting solely of inputs and outputs. The hypothesis argues that the mind is not simply an internal thing, but rather that it can exist externally and be part of an individual’s environment. Clark and Chalmers argue for this this by presenting the examples of Otto, a man whose memories and knowledge lie in a notebook, and Inga someone who stores all the information in her mental states. I will argue that the extended mind hypothesis is unsuccessful because there is no clear line of what is actually known and what is only thought to be known. The extended mind hypothesis is the argument that the mind is not only in the head, but it can exist in correspondence with the environment as well. The idea of mental states is that that all thoughts and memories are contained and can easily be obtained by searching that memory database. However, mental processes such as memorizing or merely rotating an object can be done external from the body. For instance, memories can be stored outside of the mental mind on sheet of paper or notebook, cognitive mental processes can be done either by visualizing an objects rotation, or simply reaching out and turning the object. Memories can be thoughts and remembered outside of mental states, but that does not mean that it rules out mental states - mental states and environmental states coexist when it…

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