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Thu, 1 Apr 2004 15:43:06 -0500
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The Cognitive Science Society is hosting a 2003-2004 virtual colloquium
series presented live via the Internet with the fourth talk given by Andy
Clark. Register now to attend for free at

Time: Friday, April 9, 2004 at 1:00pm US Eastern Standard Time
Presenter: Andy Clark, Indiana University
Topic: Embodiment and Ecological Control

In the headlong rush to embrace embodiment, environmental embedding, and
situated reasoning, there is a danger of losing sight of one important sense
in which biological intelligence (and especially human intelligence) is, if
not exactly disembodied, at least interestingly embodiment-flexible. It is
embodiment-flexible to the extent that it depends upon what I shall term
'ecological control systems'. These are systems that are delicately
specialized so as to learn, on the fly, what bodily and environmental
resources are robustly and reliably available and to factor them deeply and
profoundly into their problem-solving strategies. In this talk I examine the
implications of taking seriously this notion of flexible embodiment, and
show that (contrary to initial appearances) it actually yields a much better
understanding of both the importance and the very nature of 'embodied,
embedded cognition'.

Further information about this talk, the colloquium series, a schedule of
future talks, and an archive of previous talks are available at

Contact Janet Morrow, [log in to unmask], with any questions about registration
for this seminar.

Please forward this invitation to colleagues who would benefit from this
seminar or the series.

Tom Ward
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Thomas B. Ward
Center for Creative Media
Box 870172
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172
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The seminar series is hosted Aptima's Web Conferencing Facility The seminar
series is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research

Lisa Neal, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine,
3 Valley Road, Lexington, MA 02421 USA
Phone: +1-781-861-7373
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