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Elizabeth A. Wilson

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Chapter 5: ‘Loving the Computer’: Cognition, Embodiment and the Influencing Machine

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‘Loving the Computer’: Cognition, Embodiment and the Influencing Machine
‘Loving the computer’: Cognition, embodiment and the influencing machine
ElizabethA.Wilson

Abstract. Cognitive psychology has been founded on a model of the mind as an information-processing machine. This paper is not concerned with the arguments for or against modelling the mind on computers, as these arguments are already well rehearsed in the literature. Instead I am interested in what the relation between computer, cognition and the thinking man promises or guarantees. Specifically, I am concerned with how cognition comes to be constituted through certain dominant fantasies of embodiment that the computer metaphor promotes. To what extent does psychology's computational machinery prescribe a disembodied cognition? And in what ways is such a prescription of cognition indebted to the logic of a ...

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